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Today in Toronto: Prisoner of Tehran, ReelWorld Film Festival and more

Prisoner of Tehran Marina Nemat wrote about her journey from being a prisoner in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison to being a mother and writer in Aurora in her harrowing—and bestselling—2007 memoir. Fresh from getting notoriously bashed on this year’s edition of Canada Reads by high­-profile Quebec lawyer Anne-­France Goldwater, the book is now a play, adapted for the stage and directed by Maja Ardal. Bahareh Yaraghi stars. Previews on April 10. Find out more »

ReelWorld Film Festival With nearly half of the city’s population identifying themselves as a visible minority, ReelWorld is a festival with the kind of mandate perhaps even its organizers hope will soon become redundant. It’s dedicated to featuring the films of Aboriginal, Asian, black, Latino, Middle Eastern and South Asian communities in Canada and from around the world. Find out more »

Sondra Radvanovsky Anyone who saw her as Aida at the COC last year is undoubtedly slavering for more Verdi from this richly hued, lustrous voice. Here’s your chance. The TSO has programmed a full evening of Verdi and Tchaikovsky, with Radvanovsky fully up to the stringent demands of two pieces from La forza del destino. Orchestral works by the two composers complete the program. Find out more »

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The Canada Reads drama continues, with terrorism accusations and Facebook rebuttals

A White Cedar anti-bullying campaign image posted today to Nemat’s Facebook. Coincidence? (Image: Facebook)

Since when did the Canada Reads book competition turn into a Hunger Games–style death match? In yesterday’s debate, colourful Quebec lawyer Anne-France Goldwater accused Prisoner of Tehran author Marina Nemat of telling “a story that’s not true, and you can tell it’s not true when you read it.” (That goes a long way to explaining Nemat’s angry Facebook outburst yesterday.) But Nemat wasn’t the only one to get a Goldwater smackdown; the TV personality also called author Carmen Aguirre “a bloody terrorist,” adding, “How we let her into Canada, I don’t understand.” In response, Nemat again took to Facebook, this time to ask for a public apology from Goldwater (and to post a photo and link about bullying. Coincidence?). While she waits for that apology, Nemat can take some solace in today’s elimination of John Vaillants The Tiger—the book Goldwater was defending. Karma (and fuming writers) will get you every time.

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