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Book Club Features "Reading Lolita in Tehran"


APRIL 1, 2005--The book, "Reading Lolita in Tehran," by Azar Nafisi, will be discussed as part of the Lion’s Paw Book Club on April 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

UW-RF English Professor Emerita Margaret Odegard will lead the discussion about this story of a bold and inspired teacher, Azar Nafisi, who secretly gathers seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Immersed in these novels the girls risk removing their veils and intertwining their stories with the ones they are reading. A remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny, "Reading Lolita in Tehran" celebrates the liberating power of literature.

The book club encourages community members, faculty, staff and students to participate in its gatherings. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month, February through May. The public is welcome to attend and need not have read the books to sit in on one of the sessions.

The next discussion is May 11 and will feature "The Five Goodbyes: Mothering a Child with Down Syndrome," by UW-RF Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts instructor Pat Ferguson Hanson. Hanson will lead the group.

Featured books are available in the University Bookstore in the Hagestad Student Center, and several copies of each book are also available in the Library’s collection. For more information, call 715/425-3222.

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