Author reading Sunday at The Book Seller
Come to The Book Seller Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM and hear Sharon Mehdi read her story, “The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering”.
Author Mehdi has created a tiny gem of a book about two grandmothers standing silently in the local park as their way to help “save the world.” Initially written as a gift for her newborn granddaughter, Medhi self-published at the insistence of friends and supporters who were moved by its message of peace. One thing led to another, and Mehdi eventually ended up doing a reading at her local Ashland, Oregon Bloomsbury Books, followed shortly thereafter by an appearance on Oregon Public Radio. From there things snowballed. People from all over Oregon called into the show asking where to buy the book. In short time Bloomsbury Books sold all 500 copies in their inventory, prompting Bloomsbury’s owner to contact Vikings western regional sales manager. Soon after, Viking acquired the title.
A simple story for all ages, the power of “The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering” lies in its lovely style. Hopeful, moving, and energizing, this story will appeal to people who feel they may not be able to make a difference in a world where the news seems to gets worse and worse. Her unsentimentalized yet comforting message clearly states that sometimes change begins with the smallest actions and the purest intention.
Sharon Mehdi is a writer and teacher. She has lived and worked in Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Guatemala, Spain, Mexico, France and Canada, and currently makes her home in Ashland, Oregon. She has spent a good portion of the last ten years in France researching a book about scrolls buried in the crypt of a medieval cathedral. When she moved to Ashland in 2003, she intended to complete the book. Instead, she found herself writing “The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering”.
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