Delphine Minoui is a journalist and Middle East correspondent for Le Figaro. She received the Albert-Londres Prize for her reporting on Iraq and Iran. Among Minoui’s many books in French, three have been published in English: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced; I’m Writing You from Tehran; and The Book Collectors, translated by Lara Vergnaud (now available from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux). Minoui directed a documentary film about the secret library of Daraya, which aired on France 5 TV and other international channels and was shown at many film festivals. Born in Paris in 1974 to a French mother and an Iranian father, she worked as a journalist in Tehran, Baghdad, Beirut, and Cairo, and now lives in Istanbul.
When the Assad regime in Syria targeted the city of Daraya for its resistance actions, the buildings they bombed held many books. Locals rescued the books from the rubble and made a secret underground public library.