***Azar Nafisi is no longer able to travel for this event. We have moved this event to the Wisconsin Book Festival Crowdcast channel. Please join the event at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-read-dangerously***
What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? What is the connection between political strife in our daily lives, and the way we meet our enemies on the page in fiction? How can literature, through its free exchange, affect politics?
In this galvanizing guide to literature as resistance, Nafisi seeks to answer these questions. Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries, she crafts an argument for why, in a genuine democracy, we must engage with the enemy, and how literature can be a vehicle for doing so. Structured as a series of letters to her father, who taught her as a child about how literature can rescue us in times of trauma, Nafisi explores the most probing questions of our time through the works of Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, James Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, and more.
Azar Nafisi is the 2022 Cheryl Rosen Weston Memorial Lecturer. Copies of Read Dangerously will be distributed for free to all attendees. The event is free and open to the public.