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Castleton Free Library presents Syria in a positive light

Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. — CASTLETON — The Castleton Free Library presents “A Storytelling for Syria” with a focus on “Syria-Remember Me” by author Deborah Harte Felmeth on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Deborah Harte Felmeth’s book “Syria – Remember Me” bears witness in words and images to the strong, dignified, beautiful, and complex lives of the Syrian people—from the fertile Euphrates River Valley to the wide-open expanse of the great Syrian Desert; from the maze of overflowing markets to the spacious interiors of gold-domed mosques. The photographs in this collection were taken over two decades, between 1991 and 2011 and precede the war that now sweeps this beleaguered land.

Today the media thrusts before us daily images of Syria that reveal only the devastation, grief, rage, and victimhood of war. It is the author’s hope to expand and hearten that limited view. “Syria- Remember Me” offers readers a more humanizing encounter as they turn the pages and gaze into eyes of Syrians young and old, humble and proud, engaged in the simple miracle of living an ordinary day and a life lived in peace. Says Felmeth, “With the publication of this book I hope to encourage active peace making. Remembering is an act, in this case an act of courage and creation, founded upon seeing, knowing and feeling.”

The Castleton Free Library is located at 638 Main Street, Castleton. For more info, call Meg or Jan at 802-468-5574.

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