Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Book Discussion at Respite Cafe: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - 7:00 PM

At Respite Café, 115 North Duke Street, Durham, NC 27701


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.


In connection to the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, the Nasher is hosting two discussions of Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood.  The first conversation will be at the Nasher Museum.  In honor of the importance of tea in Persian culture, the second discussion 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.

·         Sunday, October 20th at 2pm: discussion at the Nasher Museum of Art

·         Tuesday, October 22nd at 7pm: discussion at the Respite Café in Durham.


This book is available in the Nasher Museum Store.  If you have questions about book discussions, please contact Jessica Ruhle, Associate Curator of Education, at