Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of ORIGIN, CRESCENT, ARABIAN JAZZ, THE LANGUAGE OF BAKLAVA and BIRDS OF PARADISE. She has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, and other prizes. Her writing appears in Good Housekeeping, Ms., Salon, Vogue, Gourmet, The New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She is frequently featured on National Public Radio. She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.