Blog / Upcoming Book Discussions – Fall 2013


This fall, the Nasher Museum is exhibiting Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will also play host a series of book discussions connecting recent books to the exhibition’s themes of Islamic art and culture.


 Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood by Marjane Satrapi presents the author’s story of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The graphic novel was named a New York Times Notable Book and was listed as the Booklist Editor’s Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults in 2003. An animated film adaptation of Persepolis was released in 2007. The film tied for the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. During the 2009 Iranian election, Persepolis was adapted into a webcomic, Persepolis 2.0. With Satrapi’s permission, the authors of Persepolis 2.0 modified the text of the original comic, finding that the story of Satrapi’s life some thirty years earlier was highly reflective of the turmoil surrounding the 2009 election.

 The Nasher Museum is hosting two discussion of Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood. The first conversation, Sunday, October 20, 2 PM, will be at the Nasher Museum. In honor of the importance of tea in Persian culture, the second discussion, Tuesday, October 22, 7 PM, will be held at Respite Café in Downtown Durham. Please join us on either day for a thoughtful discussion of the novel and its connection to both art and Islamic culture.

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Duke professor Erdağ Göknar, mixes mystery and religious conflict in sixteenth-century Istanbul. This novel entertains and challenges as it explores the conflict of European and Islamic principles in an expanding world. In 2003, My Name is Red won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, an honor for both the author and the translator. In 2006, Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

 Erdağ Göknar, the translator, is Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University. His most recent work, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism, and Blasphemy: The Politics of the Turkish Novel, examines the context of Pamuk’s writing. The Nasher Museum is honored to host a talk by Dr. Göknar, preceding one of the discussions of My Name is Red. Readers are invited to bring questions about the novel and to discuss this thought-provoking look at Islamic culture. Join us Wednesday, November 13, 11 AM for a discussion of My Name is Red at the Nasher Museum and Sunday, November 17, 2 PM for a talk by My Name is Red translator Erdağ Göknar, followed by book discussion, at the Nasher Museum.

 Questions?  Please contact Jessica Ruhle, Associate Curator of Education, at


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