Jila Ghomeshi will present "The Prisoner of Tehran" at McNally Robinson on Jan. 25 (Jila Ghomeshi)
Paging all booklovers! On January 25th, at 8 p.m., CBC Radio and McNally Robinson invite you to Prairie Ink Restaurant for
an evening we're calling:
5 Writers, 5 Readers, 5 Minutes.
Canada Reads 2012 features five non-fiction titles this year, and in our regional warm-up to the national CBC Radio book brawl, five well-known Manitobans have been matched with the five titles. Up to Speed host Larry Updike will invite each reader to share their insights with the audience, each with a unique presentation lasting only five minutes. Well, maybe ten. No debating, no brawling, but plenty of insight, humour and stories.
Here Jila Ghomeshi, linguistics professor and author of Grammar Matters -- who is of Persian descent -- gets passionate about Marina Nemat's The Prisoner of Tehran.
1. How does this compare with your experience/interest in the subject?
While I am interested in reading books by Iranian women, I don't usually gravitate towards stories of hardship. So I was blown away by how compelling I found the book. Despite its sometimes bleak subject matter, it doesn't bring you down.
2. What surprised you about the book?
Definitely what it has to say about religion. We see the worst of what people do in the name of religion but also the kind of strength that faith can provide.