The Community Library and Sun Valley Museum of Art welcome award-winning Iranian-American author Azar Nafisi for a virtual conversation on February 4th at 7:00 p.m. The virtual program will air on the Library’s Livestream and be available for viewing through April.
Nafisi will be in conversation with Kristin Poole, artistic director at SVMoA, and Martha Williams, the Library’s programs and education manager, about contemporary issues of social change in America and Iran, the role women in art and literature have played across these spheres, and about the transformative power of fiction in revolutionary times.
Azar Nafisi is a lifelong champion and ardent supporter of the importance of Humanities and Liberal Arts and the role they play in the preservation and promotion of democracy. She is best known as the author of the national bestseller “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. Earning high acclaim and an enthusiastic readership, “Reading Lolita in Tehran” is an incisive exploration of the transformative powers of fiction in a world of tyranny. The award-winning book was named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London).
Nafisi is also the author of a memoir about her mother titled “Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter,” “The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books”–a powerful and passionate case for the vital role of imagination and ideas in democratic nations today to combat the rise of authoritarian states–and “That Other World”–a book on Vladimir Nabokov published by Yale University Press in June 2019. She is currently exploring the power of literature in traumatic times in her new forthcoming book, entitled “Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times.”
The event is free and open to all. Register through www.comlib.org.