Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Globe Book Club: Your guide to Prisoner of Tehran

For our second book, you voted on Prisoner of Tehran, the award-winning bestseller by Marina Nemat. The memoir is timely and discussable - the political, cultural and economic future of Iran is a hot topic. As well, the book caused a stir in this year's Canada Reads series, as Canadians argued about just how much creative licence is permissible in works of non-fiction.

For two weeks, the Globe book club addressed provocative discussion questions, posed by our features writer and Book Club leader Sandra Martin.

(Click here for the list of questions and selected responses.)

Story continues below advertisement

We were also joined by three guest speakers in the book club, and each provided an interesting take on the memoir:

John Mundy, former Canadian ambassador to Iran, giving rich context of the cultural and political history of Iran. (Click here for highlights)

Diane Turbide, publishing director at Penguin Canada, discussed the process of editing a memoir, working with Marina and why she felt so strongly about book. (Click here for highlights)

And author Marina Nemat wrapped up our talk with a special guest appearance, providing more insight into her personal experience, the process of writing and the criticisms she's faced since the book became a bestseller. (Click here for highlights)

Report an error
About the Author
Editor in the Opinion section

Amberly McAteer is an editor in the Opinion section at The Globe and Mail. She has been a homepage editor, online editor and community editor in Features - including Life, Travel, Style, Arts and Books. She's written columns about her quest to run a 10K and find the perfect dog. More

Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.