Press Release for Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Best-Selling Author Discusses 'The Republic of the Imagination'

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Azar Nafisi, best-selling author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” will discuss “The Republic of the Imagination” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the University Center Banquet Hall on the University of North Florida campus.

“Reading Lolita” 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. The book spent more than 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into 32 languages and has won diverse literary awards.

Nafisi is a Visiting Professor and the director of the SAIS Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture and literature. She teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics.

She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New Republic as well as appeared on countless radio and television programs. In addition to “Reading Lolita,” she has also written “Anti-Terra: A Critical Study of Vladimir Nabokov’s Novels.” Nafisi is currently working on two other books, titled “The Republic of the Imagination,” which is about the power of literature to liberate minds and peoples, and “Things I Have Been Silent About,” a memoir about her mother.

This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by UNF’s College of Arts and Sciences. Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Spring 2008 Lectures link.