Wednesday March 30, 2016
Marina Nemat, acclaimed author of the international bestseller, Prisoner of Tehran and After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed will speak at Holy Blossom Temple.
Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. Marina has been awarded the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament and the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. She has been an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed. She teaches memoir writing at the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto and has written book reviews for The Globe and Mail.