Lila Azam Zanganeh

France, 1976

Lila Azam Zanganeh, daughter of Iranian exiles, is an acclaimed writer and has written several essays for The New York Times, Le Monde and La Repubblica. She serves with Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright on the board of overseers of the International Rescue Committee, an organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to rebuild their lives. For Words Without Borders, an organization which promotes cultural understanding through contemporary international literature, and Narrative 4, a global organization headed by some of the world’s most renowned and influential artists and community leaders, she promotes empathy through the exchange of stories, proving that every life matters and creating understanding by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes. Lila Azam Zanganeh is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness (2011) and is working on a novel entitled The Inventions, a rewriting of a medieval romance centered around a war lasting nearly fourteen centuries.


Lila Azam Zanganeh speakes with eloquence about the special effects that literature can have on life.