An Evening of Storytelling for Syria
Bristol, VT – Before the current civil war swept through and devastated Syria, Vergennes writer and photographer Deborah Felmeth documented over a period of 20 years the beauty, strength and diversity of the Syrian people and their culture in photographs and writings. Her experiences in Syria will be the focus of the next One World Library Project program in an evening of storytelling for Syria on Thursday, March 17th at 7:00 pm at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol.
Felmeth, a Vermont resident since 1978, found her way to Damascus in 1991. She fell in love with Syria and says her heart never left. She loves Syria's hills, its deserts, cities, villages and above all its people and their culture. In 1996, Felmeth and her husband began to divide their time equally between a beloved apartment above Straight Street in the Old City of Damascus and their equally beloved home in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Their time in Syria ended in 2011 when the unrest that began as part of the Arab Spring protests evolved into a full-scale civil war.
Felmeth’s recently published 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 RiverValley to the wide-open expanse of the great Syrian Desert, from the maze of overflowing markets to the spacious interiors of gold-domed mosques.
In contrast, she says that today the media provides daily images of Syria that reveal only the devastation, grief, rage and victimhood of war. Felmeth hopes that Syria- Remember Me offers readers a more humanizing encounter as they turnthe 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.
Copies of Felmeth’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the program. A copy of Syria – Remember Me has also been added to the One World Library Project’s kiosk at the Lawrence Memorial Library and is available for the public to check out.For more information on the program, contact the Lawrence Memorial Library at 453-2366.