Start: 1:00 pm
As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope.Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky ($26.00) is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.Amanda Lindhout is the founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports development, aid, and education initiatives in Somalia and Kenya.
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm
8 Wednesdays • Sept. 18 - Nov. 6 • 1:00-3:00pm • $250 This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German. Hamid Emami has a Masters from the University of Hamburg, and he is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Wed., Sept. 18 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $25 Get historical background about the popular Adriatic coast and other historical gems of this region.
Start: 6:00 pm
Antoine Laurain's prize-winning French bestseller is a charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years.Shot through with a delicious, wicked sense of humor, The President's Hat ($14.95) is a vivid re-creation of the everyday life of an era.Antoine Laurain was born in Paris. He is a writer, collector, and director of several short films.
Start: 7:00 pm
Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned ($24.95) is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction. Jason Mott holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina.