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Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national best-seller "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books," a vivid portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. She is the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture and literature, and teaches courses on the relationship between culture and politics. Nafisi’s new book, "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books" (Viking), illustrates the power of literature to liberate minds and peoples.