Meet the Author Tea – Azadeh Rohanian Perry and Mark Perry

*** CANCELED because of the snowy weather.
We will try to re-schedule.
(added Jan 17, 2018, 4:45pm ***

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Refreshments at 3:30, Presentation at 4.
Free and open to the public.

It is one thing to read headlines about the horrors of what has gone on in Iran and what religious persecution means.  It is quite another to hear about it from someone who has been there and known the people who inspired those international headlines.  It is an eye and mind opening experience to learn how those headlines actually affected the people who were involved.

The authors of Our Friend Mona are a husband and wife who live in Chapel Hill and work at UNC.  Azadeh Rohanian Perry is the Business Services Coordinator in the UNC School of Dentistry in the Pediatric Department.  Her husband, Mark Perry, is a playwright who teaches in UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art and also works as a Continuing Education Specialist for the Friday Center.

Azadeh, a name meaning “freedom” in the Persian language (Farsi), was a close friend of Mona’s when both girls were growing up in Shiraz, one of the most beautiful cities in Iran.  Azadeh’s family moved when she was 16 and after that she dreamed repeatedly of people who suffered and died for their faith.

Our Friend Mona is set in Iran and provides insight into the Bahá’í Faith and the campaign of persecution of this religion in Iran where the highest concentration of Bahá’í live.  Using interviews and Mona’s mother’s written account, Azadeh and Mark tell the story of the events in the short life of Mona.  The subtitle of the book is The Remarkable Life of a Young Martyr.  Mark is also the author of a play about Mona called A New Dress for Mona (Drama Circle, 2015).

The story of sixteen-year-old Mona takes place between 1979 and 1983 following the 1979 Islamic Revolution when Iran became an Islamic Republic.  During the aftermath of the revolution, Bahá’í leaders and whole families were arrested.  Mona’s father was executed; her mother, and she herself were imprisoned and charged with being international spies.  On June 18, 1983, ten women were executed after failing to recant their faith.  Mona was the youngest at 16.  News media around the world reported the ill-treatment, confiscation of property and executions.  Many governments including our own condemned Iran’s behavior.  The United Nations made a resolution in support of the Bahá’í.

December 2017 Big Book Sale Photos

Some 1500 customers and dozens of volunteers contributed to the success of our December Big Book Sale.  It was a fun event for everyone and especially because it means we will be able to continue to provide the Library with funds to increase the collection and do the outreach and programming which benefit the entire community in ways beyond what tax dollars can do.  We thank you all for your generous support.  Those one and two and three dollar books and five dollar bags of books added up to an amazing $18,300 in just three very busy days.

The next sale is April 13-15, 2018.

For more photos from the sale, click on the photo below.

Banned Books Week

Collect Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Have a set of 2017, 2016,  2015, or 2014 Banned Books Week Trading Cards (2013 cards are sold out) sent to your home. Cost is $5.00 plus $2.95 shipping per order. Use the order link below to pay with credit card or PayPal. Click Add to Cart. Repeat this before checking out if more than one year set is desired.

Trading Cards


The cards are also available for purchase in the Friends Book Store.

For more information see the Library’s Banned Books Week page.

The Banned Books Trading Cards program receives annual support from the Friends of CHPL.