Azar Nafisi was featured during the 2017 Winter Words series, where she presented The Republic of Imagination and spoke about the importance of literature in a democratic society. Nafisi the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, a harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. The book was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir and was named one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London). It has spent over 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated in 32 languages. Nafisi’s most recent book, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, discusses the vital role of fiction in the United States today. Azar Nafisi is currently a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, where she was a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and taught courses on the relation between culture and politics, as well as was Director of The Dialogue Project & Cultural Conversations. She has lectured and written extensively in English and Persian on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as the human rights of Iranian women and girls.


Iranian Author Azar Nafisi on Why Fiction Matters for Democracy
The Aspen Institute, Azar Nafisi, January 24, 2017

Winter Words Series Opens Tuesday with Azar Nafisi
The Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, January 16, 2017

On 20th Anniversary, Aspen Words Welcomes Azar Nafisi
Aspen Daily News, January 9, 2017