55 East Grand Ave
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
In Iran, people hide their true selves to fit in and survive, according to journalist Ramita Navai. Her first book, City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran, drawn from conversations whispered across tables in the cafes that line Vali Asr street—Tehran’s pulsing central thoroughfare—exposes the passions of ordinary people forced to live secret but extraordinary lives, from the religious militiaman who harbors the knowledge of his homosexuality to the newlywed driven to divorce by her husband’s infidelity. Far removed from the picture of Tehran we see in news stories, Navai will show us another city, one full of grit, duplicity, and courage.
Ramita Navai is a British-Iranian journalist and reporter for Channel 4’s foreign affairs series, Unreported World. She has reported from over 30 different countries including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe. She was awarded an EMMY for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006. @ramitanavai
Navai’s new book, City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran, will be available for purchase and signing.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
55 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Discussion and Q&A
YP Members $15
One drink included