Azar Nafisi

Celebrates DC Reads

Reading Lolita in TehranThe DC Public Library celebrates the joy of reading with Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi during its DC Reads citywide reading program from October 15-November 15, 2012.


Celebrated author Azar Nafisi will present the following programs:

• Wednesday, Oct. 24. 6:30 p.m.: Book Talk & Signing, West End Library
• Saturday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m.: Onstage Conversation & Book Signing, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi
Iranian-American Bestselling Author
Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About

Azar Nafisi 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 book has spent over 117 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Reading Lolita in Tehran has been translated in 32 languages, and has won diverse literary awards, including the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from Booksense, the Frederic W. Ness Book Award, the Latifeh Yarsheter Book Award, the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle, and an achievement award from the American Immigration Law Foundation. It also was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir. In 2006 she won a Persian Golden Lioness Award for literature, presented by the World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media.

In 2009, Reading Lolita in Tehran was named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London). She lives in Washington, D.C. (More about Azar Nafisi.)

DC Reads: One Book. One City. One Good Read. is an annual literary event sponsored by the DC Public Library that encourages the community to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. This citywide program is a four-week celebration of the joy of reading, which will include discussions and special events inspired by the themes and issues of the book. The goal of the program is to promote the pleasure of reading, appeal to a wide audience generating in-depth questions and discussions, and engage the community in an array of programs using various artistic means. Find more information on our DC Reads page.