BookTalk at BSC 2010 will focus on Iran. With Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi as the Campus Read selection, Roxana Saberi visiting campus on April 20, 2010, and Iran being so much in the news, it seems appropriate to learn more about this country.
“Strange Times, My Dear”
The theme, “Strange Times, My Dear,” is inspired by Ahmad Shamlu’s poem, “In This Blind Alley,” which was written in response to the Islamic revolution. Each stanza ends with the line, “Strange times, my dear.”
The Books & the Discussions
BookTalk discussions will be held at the BSC Library from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free and open to all. The books can be borrowed from libraries or purchased from local booksellers.
Caspian Rain: a Novel by Gina B. Nahai
Sunday, January 10, 2010 — Discussion leader: Arlene Gray
Caspian Rain received rave reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Publishers Weekly said, “… Nahai explores the struggles of an Iranian family in the tenuous decade before the Islamic revolution … a poignant tale of a ‘damaged family.'”
The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri
Sunday, February 7, 2010 — Discussion leader: Suzanne Kramer-Brenna
The Bathhouse won the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction and is based on interviews with Iranian women who were imprisoned in the early days of the Islamic revolution. The story’s central character is a 17-year-old girl, arrested and imprisoned because of her brother’s involvement with leftist politics. In a starred review, Booklist said, “Written with the simple authority of an oral deposition, packing the punch of All Quiet on the Western Front, this is a gripping, harrowing story of personal courage and endurance.”
Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country by Shirin Ebadi
Sunday, March 7, 2010 — Discussion leader: Dr. Daphne Ghorbani
This book is a memoir by Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. Ebadi was a judge in Iran until the Islamic Revolution forced her demotion. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Ebadi chose to stay in Iran and work from within for human rights in fundamentalist Iran.
BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.