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Book release celebrated

Katherine Morris

“My mom is a little embarrassed about this,” said one little boy.

“Oh, everyone feels a little embarrassed about this, but your mom should feel good because she definitely deserves to be in this,” said a woman with a gentle smile. “All of these women deserve this.”

More than 30 people gathered at the Truckee Recreation Center last Thursday night to celebrate the book release of, “Women of Truckee Making History: A collection of Profiles of Some of the Exceptional and Dedicated Women of Truckee,” and honor the 30 local women described within its pages.

While some people chatted and sipped on hot cocoa, the handful of children in attendance ate their weight in brownies and cookies.

Some sat quietly and began reading the book and some paced the walls of the room to study each black and white portrait of the book’s honorees that had been hung up for display.

Those featured in the book, who were in attendance, used the time as a high school year-book signing of sorts, having one another sign their copy of the book and write little messages.

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“Would you sign both of my copies?” one woman asked another.

Many honorees purchased multiple copies of the glossy, coffee-table-style book to send to family and friends.

The book, which was compiled, designed and edited by two active Truckee women, Parvin Darabi and Lydia Sparksworthy, honors local women for their contributions to the community.

Darabi first got the idea several years ago when she realized it’s often only after women have passed away, that their contributions to society are recognized.

“There are so many women in this community that volunteer their time to help others,” Darabi added. “Without their work, we would not be where we are today as a community. Why not write about them?”

For each woman featured, there is a brief write-up and portrait, taken by Darabi.

“During this process, we really learned so much from all of these women,” Darabi told the crowd during a brief speech. “Every single one has something special about them.”

“It was really a terrific honor to be a part of this project,” Sparksworthy added. “I thought I knew some of these women before, but I didn’t. They are all terrific, quiet, humble people and I feel very honored to live in this community.”

The evening also featured the music of two local female musicians.

Evie Thompson, a vocalist from the other end of the county, says she was inspired to write the songs for her latest album, largely in part from Darabi’s book on women in the Middle East, “Rage Against the Veil.”

After Truckee resident and Latino community activist Monina Vasquez took the stage with her acoustic guitar to perform a mix of traditional Mexican folk songs, as well as other tunes.

“We hope that this will be the first of several such books to come in the future,” Darabi said.