National Press Club

Book on Iran at Nov. 21 Books & Brunch

October 20, 2009 | By Rachel Belkind | lotus152@gmail.com

Arnie Donahue and Lorna Aldrich listen as Maniza Naqvi explains her book, "A Matter of Detail"

Arnie Donahue and Lorna Aldrich listen as Maniza Naqvi explains her book, "A Matter of Detail"

Photo/Image: Donna Leinwand

"The Ayatollah Begs To Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran" by Hooman Majd, an Iranian-American writer who is the grandson of an ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, will be the subject of the next Books & Brunch at noon Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Selected by The Los Angles Times and The Economist as among the best books of 2008, "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ" is in paperback with a preface that contains observations by Majd about the disputed June 2009 election based on his visit to Iran as a journalist in the period leading up to the vote.

The Los Angeles Times says it "captures like like no book in recent memory the ethos of the country, in elegant and precise prose."

RSVP by Nov. 19 to Rachel Belkind at lotus152@gmail.com or Sean Reilly at reillys@cox.net

Books & Brunch is open to NPC Members and meets monthly on Saturdays in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

For the second time this year, Books & Brunch had an author discuss a book selection, when Maniza Naqvi spoke to the group on Oct. 17 about her fourth novel, "A Matter of Detail," set in Karachi in the 1950s and now as well as present-day New York. Naqvi, a new member of the Club, flew in from an assignment in Bosnia for the World Bank to speak to the group.