Christiane Bird


Christiane Bird was born in New York City and grew up primarily in Storrs, Connecticut. She holds a BA in literature from Yale University, and has worked as a magazine editor and as a travel writer for the New York Daily News. Her articles have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Miami Herald, among others, and her short stories have appeared in Antaeus and The Southern Review.

Bird is the author of six books, ranging in subject matter from the music world to the Middle East. In her first work of narrative nonfiction, Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran, she revisited a country that she had lived in as a young child; named the book one of the 10 best books of 2001 and the best travel book of 2001.

Bird lives in New York City with her family.

Selected Works

Narrative Nonfiction
The Sultan's Shadow: One Family's Rule at the Crossroads of East and West
A story of romance, religion, slavery, and geopolitics set in Oman, Germany, and Zanzibar.
A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan
"I cannot recommend too highly this brilliantly evocative portrait of a people."
--Noam Chomsky
Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
"The product of a generous heart and a watchful eye."
--The New York Times
Travel Guide
The Da Capo Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the U.S. (Third Edition)
With over 900 hot clubs, cool joints, landmarks and legends, from boogie-woogie to bop and beyond.