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Release Date: 03/01/2006

"Seattle Reads 'Persepolis'" gets everyone reading and talking about Marjane Satrapi's powerful memoir

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REVISED FROM JAN. 10 RELEASE: New dates for author visit; programs added


In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book" is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.



In this eighth year of the series - now called "Seattle Reads" - The Seattle Public Library has selected "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" (Pantheon Books, 2003) by Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi will visit Seattle Wednesday, May 31- Saturday, June 3 (NEW DATES), to talk with readers about her powerful memoir in graphic novel form about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.


Satrapi's public appearances are free and open to the public. The times, dates and locations of Satrapi's Seattle appearances are outlined below. Tickets and reservations are not required. Doors open 30 minutes before the program begins. For programs at the Central Library, parking in the Central Library garage will be available for a $5 special event rate.


Meet Marjane Satrapi
Members of the public are invited to meet Satrapi to discuss "Persepolis" and her other works.

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.
  • 11 a.m. Friday, June 2, Seattle Central Community College, Erickson Theatre, 1524 Harvard Ave.
  • 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S.
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.


An Afternoon or Evening with Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi will speak about her life and the writing of graphic novels at two events.

  • 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, Bellevue Community College, Auditorium, Building N-201, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E.
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, Town Hall at Eighth and Seneca.


Books will be available for purchase and signing at all events, courtesy of The Elliott Bay Book Company.

Book Groups at The Seattle Public Library
Copies of "Persepolis" and "Persepolis 2" are now available for book discussion groups. Contact or (206) 615-1747 for more information. Free reading group toolboxes (reader's guides) for Satrapi's works are available in all locations of The Seattle Public Library and several local bookstores. The toolbox is also available on the Library's Web site.


The Central Library and several branch libraries will host book group discussions of Satrapi's works. Books and reading group toolboxes are available at the hosting library. Members of the public are welcome. For more information, visit the Library's Web site: or call Quick Information at 206-386-4636.


Other Seattle Public Library Events
Members of the public are invited to listen, and follow along with the drawings, as "Persepolis" is read aloud in a Read-in event:

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St.
    Join Walter Hudsick for a discussion on the art of reading comics, followed by readings from "Persepolis." Hudsick teaches writing and humanities at Seattle-area colleges, including a class on "Rhetoric of Comics."


The Seattle Public Library will present a series of programs on Iran's 1979 revolution, Islam, and graphic novels:

  • "Toward a Better Understanding of Islam"
    3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave.
    A talk by Prof. Ahmad Radi, Islamic Fulbright visiting scholar at Bellevue Community College.
  • Author/journalist Azadeh Moaveni: "Lipstick Jihad"
    7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave.
    A talk by Azadeh Moaveni, author of "Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran."
  • Shirin Ebadi: "Iran Awakening" (NEW PROGRAM)
    7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, Town Hall at Eighth and Seneca
    Bilingual readings, in Farsi and English, by Shirin Ebadi from her new memoir, "Iran Awakening." Ebadi was the winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Why Read Comics? (NEW PROGRAM)
    7 p.m. Monday, May 22, Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave.
    A panel discussion with Gary Groth and Kim Thompson, co-founders and co-owners of Fantagraphics Books.


For more information on these and other community events on Iranian art, history, and literature, visit the Library's Web site: or call Quick Information at (206) 386-4636.


Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus," "Persepolis" is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.


In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her childhood in Tehran from ages six to fourteen. The same years saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent, outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.


"Persepolis" paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane's child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family.


Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycee Francais before leaving for Vienna and then going to Strasbourg to study illustration. She currently lives in Paris, where her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of "Persepolis 2," "Embroideries," and several children's books.


"Seattle Reads Persepolis" is presented by the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library, the literary and humanities programming arm of the Library. It is part of "Reading Across the Map," a multi-year project to foster reading and discussion of works by authors of diverse cultures and ethnicities, made possible by The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Pantheon Books.

For more information contact:


Linda Johns, Coordinator for Washington Center for the Book

Andra Addison, communications director

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