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March 24, 2008

'Persepolis' author Marjane Satrapi to speak April 6 at UI
Marjane Satrapi, noted artist/illustrator and author of best-selling book "Persepolis" will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The University Lecture Committee is presenting the lecture, which is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., when the University Book Store will be selling Satrapi's books in the East Lobby of the IMU. Book sales will resume after the lecture, when Satrapi will sign her works.

Using powerful black-and-white comic strip images, "Persepolis" tells the story of Satrapi's youth in Iran in the 1970s and 80s, of living through the Islamic Revolution and Iran's war with Iraq. It is a book about childhood, beset by the unthinkable, but buffered by an extraordinary and loving family. "Persepolis" was published in four volumes in France, where it met with enormous critical acclaim, and published as two volumes in the United States: "Persepolis" and "Persepolis 2." It has also has been translated into German, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, among other languages.

The animated film adaptation of "Persepolis" (released in the United States in December 2007) has garnered huge international acclaim and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; in 2008 it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and won two Cesar Awards (the French version of the Oscars) for Best First Film and Best Adaptation.

Satrapi's other books include "Embroideries" and her latest adult book, "Chicken with Plums," and several children's books, including "Monsters are Afraid of the Moon."

Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, on the edge of the Caspian Sea. Part Azerbaijani, part Turkmen, part Muslim and part Zoroastrian-Iranian, she grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycée Français, before leaving for Vienna and later, Strasbourg, to study decorative arts. She now lives in Paris, where her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magazines.

For more than 30 years, the Lecture Committee has brought some of the world's great thinkers to the UI campus. Speakers have included an impressive roster of national and international figures in science, politics, business, human rights, law, and the arts. The UI Lecture Committee is a Presidential Charter Committee whose membership consists of students, faculty, and staff. The series is funded through student fees with select lectures supported in part by the F. Wendell Miller Fund.


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photo courtesy Maria Ortiz