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Globe Book Club: Your guide to Prisoner of Tehran Add to ...

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.)

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)

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