Night Letter, available November 2012!

Now available, the new companion novel to Anahita’s Woven Riddle is titled Night Letter. Nortia Press will release both books in November 2012, with new cover art by Iranian artist Rashin Kheiriyeh.


Night LetterNew Release! 

Anahita, a nomadic weaver living in early 20th-century Iran, is kidnapped on the eve of her wedding and thrown into the world of slavery and the mystical Sufi faith. Tinged with the fairytale quality of her award-winning Anahita’s Woven Riddle (reissued by Nortia Press), Sayres weaves details of Persian culture with poetry to create the story of a damsel in distress determined to save herself.

Meghan Nuttall Sayres is a tapestry weaver who has traveled to Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East and Central Asia, where she has met with scholars, carpet weavers, dyemasters, and merchants to study the age-old techniques, symbolism, and Sufi poetry that infuse many rugs woven throughout the region. Her debut novel Anahita’s Woven Riddle(reissued by Nortia Press in 2012) has been translated into Persian, Hebrew, and Italian. It was chosen as an American Library Association (ALA) Top Ten Best Books, an American Booksellers Association Book Sense/Indie Pick, and an ALA Amelia Bloomer Feminist Choice Book, among other awards. While researching Night Letter Meghan traveled by train across the deserts of Uzbekistan to the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, plotting scenes and imagining Anahita’s possible escape routes. Other books by Meghan include Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland and Daughters of the Desert: Tales of Remarkable Women From the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions (co-author). She is also editor of the anthology Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran. Meghan lives in Washington State. She writes regularly for her blog Writing and Wandering:

Set in Persia, Night Letter is a tale of slavery, mysticism, and a damsel in distress determined to save herself.


Cloth (hardcover) with illustrations, map, discussion guide, and glossary

Young Adult Fiction (12 and up) | $18.99 | 312pp | 6 x 9

ISBN: 978-0-9848359-0-4



Praise for Night Letter:


“Intrigues, a kidnapping, and a rescue attempt kept me turning the pages of this novel. Long after finishing the book, I kept thinking about the inner wisdom Anahita receives that helps shape her destiny—the story resonates like a Sufi poem.”

—Marilyn Carpenter, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Eastern Washington University, and founder of The Children’s Book Compass



“Meghan Nuttall Sayres has once again shown her gift of story telling. Night Letter is a new epic love story that captures the mystique of Persia and the will of a woman to survive an unpredictable adventure.”

—Shahrokh Ahkami, editor, Persian Heritage Journal



“The history of modern Iran is unknown to most Americans, yet the call for justice based on true events dramatized in Night Letter is greatly relevant to the world today.”

—Bob Greene, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and retired owner of the indie bookstore Book People of Moscow, ID



“A visual and literary feast.”

—Fahimeh Amiri, Amiri Fine Arts, illustrator of The Prince Who Ran Away: The Story of Gautama Buddha



“Night Letter is an engrossing adventure of love and danger amidst the social turmoil of 19th century Persia.”

—Constance Vidor, recipient of the U.S. Board on Books for Young People Bridge  to Understanding Award, and Director of Library Services, Friends Seminary, New York City.