Reading: Caroline Kurtz: A Road Called Down on Both Sides

Event date: 
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Caroline Kurtz to read from her memoir, A Road Called Down on Both Sides: Growing Up in Ethiopia and America.

Caroline Kurtz grew up in the remote mountains of Maji, Ethiopia in the 1950s. Inside her mud adobe home with her missionary parents and three sisters, she enjoyed American family life. Outside, her world was shaped by drums and the joy cry; Jeep and mule treks into the countryside; ostriches on the air strip; and the crackle of several Ethiopian languages she barely understood but longed to learn.

Caroline felt she'd been exiled to a foreign country when she went to Illinois for college. She returned to Ethiopia to teach, only to discover how complex working in another culture and language really is. Life under a Communist dictatorship meant constant outages--water, electricity, sugar, even toilet paper. But she was willing to do anything, no matter how hard, to live in Ethiopia again. Yet the chaos only increased--guerillas marched down from the north, their t-shirts crisscrossed by Kalashnikov bandoliers. When peace returned, Caroline got the chance she'd longed for, to revisit that beloved childhood home in Maji. But maybe it would have been better just to treasure the memories.

Caroline Kurtz speaks Amharic fluently and spearheads development in Ethiopia's Maji District, introducing apples, solar energy, and women's cottage industries.

Pre-order a signed copy! Caroline Kurtz will be signing copies of her book when it is released. You can pre-order a copy to have it signed and either pick it up in the store or have it shipped. Please include any personalization requests in your order notes!

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781946395153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catalyst Press - July 16th, 2019

Reading: Judith Teitelman: Guesthouse for Ganesha

Event date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Los Angeles author Judith Teitelman to read from her debut novel, Guesthouse for Ganesha.

In 1923, seventeen-year-old Esther Grünspan arrives in Köln "with a hardened heart as her sole luggage." Thus begins a twenty-two-year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yuga (the "Age of Darkness" when human civilization degenerates spiritually), in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, using cunning and shrewdness, Esther relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate to India.

Esther's traveling companion and the novel's narrator is Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God worshipped by millions for his abilities to destroy obstacles, bestow wishes, and avenge evils. Impressed by Esther's fortitude and relentless determination, born of her deep--though unconscious--understanding of the meaning and purpose of love, Ganesha, with compassion, insight, and poetry, chooses to highlight her story because he recognizes it is all of our stories--for truth resides at the essence of its telling.

Weaving Eastern beliefs and perspectives with Western realities and pragmatism, Guesthouse for Ganesha is a tale of love, loss, and spirit reclaimed.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781631525216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: She Writes Press - May 7th, 2019