Parisa Akhbari with Maya Prasad — 'Just Another Epic Love Poem'

Best friendship blossoms into something more in this gorgeously written queer literary romance.


Third Place Books is delighted to welcome Parisa Akhbari to our Ravenna store! Akhbari will be discussing her young adult romance debut novel, Just Another Epic Love Poem. She will be joined in conversation by local author Maya Prasad. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Just Another Epic Love Poem. . .

Over the past five years, Mitra Esfahani has known two constants: her best friend Bea Ortega and The Book—a dogeared moleskin she and Bea have been filling with the stanzas of an epic, never-ending poem since they were 13.

For introverted Mitra, The Book is one of the few places she can open herself completely and where she gets to see all sides of brilliant and ebullient Bea. There, they can share everything—Mitra’s complicated feelings about her absent mother, Bea’s heartache over her most recent breakup—nothing too messy or complicated for The Book.

Nothing except the one thing with the power to change their entire friendship: the fact that Mitra is helplessly in love with Bea.

Told in lyrical, confessional prose and snippets of poetry Just Another Epic Love Poem takes readers on a journey that is equal parts joyful, heartbreaking, and funny as Mitra and Bea navigate the changing nature of I love you.


Praise for Just Another Epic Love Poem. . .

“Akhbari skillfully enmeshes myriad poetic styles with organic depictions of Iranian culture and food, and channels the insecurities of adolescence and the overlapping pressures of growing up to worthy effect in this promising debut.”
Publishers Weekly

"Just Another Epic Love Poem is both a beautiful queer love story and a poignant coming-of-age tale about healing and learning to forgive. With lyrical prose, stunning poetry, and unforgettable characters, Akhbari's debut is a must-read."
—Adiba Jaigirdar, author of The Henna Wars

"The heartache and longing of witnessing a beloved character pine hopelessly over her best friend has never brought me this much unadulterated joy. My love for this never-ending epic love poem will truly never end!"
—Sonora Reyes, author of The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School

"Be prepared to be utterly charmed and have your heart stolen by Mitra and Bea and their story.”
—Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Parisa Akhbari is a writer and mental health therapist from Seattle, Washington. When not writing or therapizing, she can be found trying to replicate her grandmother’s drool-worthy Persian recipes, hanging out with the disability community, and marathoning sci-fi movies with her partner and dogs. Just Another Epic Love Poem is her debut novel. (Photo credit: Muqu Javad)

Maya Prasad is a South Asian American author, a Caltech graduate, and a former software engineer. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and raising her budding bookworm kiddo. Her debut novel Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things was a 2023 Children’s Book Council Young Adult and Librarian Favorite. She’s also the author of Sejal Sinha Battles Superstorms, the first in a new STEM chapter book series. She’s passionate about creating joyful representation for kids and teens. Visit her website or find her on Instagram or TikTok @msmayaprasad. (Photo credit: Jamilah Newcomer)

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