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The Kurdish Bike: Author Talk with Alesa Lightbourne

November 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for an enlightening discussion with Alesa Lightbourne, author of The Kurdish Bike (http://www.kurdishbike.com/).

With her marriage over and life gone flat, Theresa Turner responds to an online ad, and lands at a school in Kurdish Iraq. Befriended by a widow in a nearby village, Theresa is embroiled in the joys and agonies of traditional Kurds, especially the women who survived Saddam’s genocide only to be crippled by age-old restrictions, brutality and honor killings. Theresa’s greatest challenge will be balancing respect for cultural values while trying to introduce more enlightened attitudes toward women — at the same time seeking new spiritual dimensions within herself. The book was the Gold Medal for Best Regional eBook 2017 from Independent Publishers Book Awards, an international competition.

According to the Manhattan Book Review, “The Kurdish Bike has such strong characters and story that the reader feels like a member of the family. If you are interested in learning about the lives, culture and hardships faced by people in the Middle East, this book is a must-read.”

Alesa Lightbourne has been an English professor and teacher in six countries, lived on a sailboat, dined with Bedouins, and written for Fortune 50 companies. She lives close to Monterey Bay in California, where she loves to boogie board and (of course) ride a bicycle.

This event is part of our National Novel Writing Month (https://www.santacruzpl.org/news/permalink/615/) (NaNoWriMo) schedule of events.


November 14, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Branciforte Public Library
230 Gault St
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States


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