Marina Nemat was born in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in a political prison where she was tortured and came close to execution. She moved to Canada in 1991. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada in 2007 and became an international bestseller. Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, which was published in 2010. Marina regularly speaks at high schools, universities, and conferences around the world and teaches memoir writing, in Farsi and in English, at the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto.
Prisoners of Tehran
Ms Nemat will speak about her experience growing up in Iran and being a political prisoner there. She will connect these experiences to what is happening in the world today, and how we can make the world a better place.
This event is part of the Fall 2014 Speaker series for TALYR Members only. To attend this event, please register for the Fall 2014 Speaker series.