Up from southern California where she is professor of anthropology and visual studies at the University of California, Irvine, is Roxane Varzi. She has written extensively, in scholarly work and fiction, as well as made films on Iran, country of her birth. Tonight, she is here with an excellent novel, Last Scene Underground: An Ethnographic Novel of Iran (Stanford University Press), set in the wake of Iran’s Green Movement. "Literary romance and ethnography are joined in perfect dialogue in Last Scene Underground. Roxanne Varzi has written a rare, powerful book that is both a whirlwind story of how it feels to be young and idealistic during the time of the Green Movement, and a pointed reckoning with the state of censorship in Iran today.”—Nahid Rachlin. "This beautifully written book captures the predicament of every Iranian artist who is conflicted between one's own creative imagination, personal and social responsibilities, and political reality." —Shirin Neshat.