Truckee poets, author Darabi slated for Poetry Month celebration
The Truckee Friends of the Library invite the public to their on-going series of event highlighting the cultural richness of the Truckee community.-3rd Annual Celebration of National Poetry Month, on Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m., the community is invited to celebrate National Poetry Month with 10 Truckee poets who will read their own work and the work of poets they admire.Truckee poetsFeatured poets include: Jim Begg, JoAnn Dunnican, Tracy Grubbs, Val Kelly, Brendan McCormack, Tom Meschery, Cathee van Rossem St. Clair, and others.During the intermission, the audience is invited to participate in an “open-mic” poetry reading (performances limited to five minutes).Admission to the event, which will be held at Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District’s building on Church Street, is $3 for children, $5 for adults.A family rate of $12 admits up to five people.For more information about the poetry celebration, call 550-9270.-Discussion & Booksigning with local author Parvin Darabi.The Friends of the Library present a discussion and booksigning featuring local author Parvin Darabi, who will discuss her new book Rage Against the Veil: The Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident on April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Truckee Library.Admission to this event is free; proceeds from the book sales benefit Tahoe Women’s Services.Homa’s storyIn her book, Darabi tells the story of her sister Homa, a lifelong advocate of human rights who raged against the legacy of stoning, beating, rape, and execution of Iranian women in the name of God.The first Iranian accepted to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Homa Darabi was one of the most prominent child psychologists in Iran.She worked her whole life to change the inequities and reverse the injustices faced by all people in Iran.In the end, the obstacles of marriage and society proved too powerful her.As her last protest, Homa set herself ablaze in front of a crowd of people, shouting: “Death to tyranny! Long live freedom! Long live Iran!”Darabi is the founder and president of the Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation, nonprofit international human rights organization that defends the rights of women and children against religious, cultural, and social abuse.She wrote this book with her son Romin P. Thomson.For more information, call the Truckee Library at 582-7846.
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