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Upcoming events: Canyon Sam slated to speak

by Susan S. Solinsky
Special to The Union

Bay Area writer, Canyon Sam, author of “Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of the History,” will appear locally to talk about her important book.

Canyon is a nationally-acclaimed performance artist and activist and helped found the Tibetan Nuns Project after spending a year in Tibet and Dharamsala when Tibet first opened in the mid-80s.

After previously publishing fiction, nonfiction, opinion, and drama, “Sky Train” is her first book, from University of Washington Press. The unknown narrative of Tibet is revealed for the first time from the perspective of its women.

This groundbreaking work blends memoir and oral history as Canyon Sam travels on China’s “Sky Train” to Lhasa in 2007 – staying with the Tibetan family she lived with two decades earlier – and crosses the Himalayas in search of three women from her earlier oral history project.

Through sharing gripping stories of women’s resistance, courage and spiritual resilience over 50 years and offering a ground-level, inside account of the drastic changes in Tibet from the controversial train line, she comes to embrace her own capacity for faith and acceptance. Foreword is by the Dalai Lama.

Canyon Sam will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center; 1 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Book Seller in Grass Valley; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Mt. Stream Meditation (Wild Mt. Yoga Center) in Nevada City. All events are free.

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