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Scottsdale Society of Women Writers welcomes award-winning author Bhira Backhaus

Award-winning author Bhira Backhaus speaks to the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Bhira Backhaus

Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers welcomes award-winning author Bhira Backhaus as the guest speaker at the regular monthly meeting held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Cost is $25 for members, $28 for guests.

Backhaus’s presentation will focus on the creative opportunities and gratification that fiction can offer to those wishing to explore their personal experiences through writing.

Born and raised in California’s Central Valley after her parents immigrated there from India, Backhaus is the author of “Under the Lemon Trees,” a novel published by Thomas Dunne Books: St. Martin’s Press. The book tells the story of a young Indian woman struggling with the desire to fit in as an American, yet embrace her heritage.

Winner of the Robert C. Martindale prize for fiction, Backhaus holds a Master of Fines Arts degree in creative writing from Arizona State University and currently teaches writing courses at the Tempe campus. She also served as a workshop facilitator at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing’s 2013 ASU Writers Conference.

Her work has appeared in “Best New American Voices 2005” and the New York Times.

To attend the Feb. 26 meeting, R.S.V.P. to Patricia L. Brooks, president/founder of SSWW, at

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