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What is the role of fiction in 21st century America? Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels Azar Nafisi, author of bestselling Reading Lolita in Tehran , invites us to join her as citizens of “The Republic of Imagination a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

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Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About. A passionate advocate of books and reading, she appears regularly on major media and speaks to packed audiences around the world. She lives in Washington, D.C.


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