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book cover of Persepolis

‘Persepolis’ recounts growing up in Iran in late ‘70s, early ‘80s

Creative, powerful memoir chosen for this year’s
‘One Campus, One Book’

Described as “a timely and timeless story of a young girl’s life under the Islamic Revolution,” Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood has been selected for Cal State L.A.’s annual “One Campus, One Book” initiative.

Panel by panel, Satrapi's autobiography tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages 6 to 14. Those years included the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of the war with Iraq. The book’s account, presented in the comic-strip format of graphic novels, is an L.A. Times bestseller and a N.Y. Times Notable Book.

This year’s “One Campus, One Book” series was launched at a Nov. 19 discussion featuring noted graphic novelists Jaime Hernandez and Joe Sutliff Sanders, and political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz.

All Cal State L.A. students, faculty, staff and administrators are invited to take part in the annual collective reading of a singular book. Faculty and staff are encouraged to incorporate study of the book into classes and campus events throughout the year.

For more information on this community-building experience, contact its project sponsor, University Librarian Alice Kawakami, at (323) 343-3954 or akawaka@calstatela.edu.

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