Readings at City of Asylum: Q&A with Moniro Ravanipour

by Sampsonia Way    /  April 16, 2014  / No comments

Internationally-acclaimed writer Moniro Ravanipour read from a work-in-progress at City of Asylum on March 7.

Ravanipour has written novels, short stories, works for children, plays, and screenplays. She was among 17 activists to face trial in Iran for their participation in the 2000 Berlin Conference, for which they were accused of taking part in anti-Iran propaganda. Copies of her books were recently stripped from bookstore shelves in Iran in a countrywide police action.

Ravanipour’s visit to City of Asylum was a cooperative project with The Ellis School, where she spoke on March 6 as part of the school’s annual Women Of Courage Speaker Series.

In this video Ravanipour answers audience questions after her reading at City of Asylum Pittsburgh and discusses how “the story chooses its narrator,” why she uses humor to describe pain, what publishing is like in Iran, and the difficulty of writing after the revolution.

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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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