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Behind Bars in Iran: A Conversation with Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer


Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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In the summer of 2009, three young Americans went for a hike. They ended up in one of the world's most infamous prisons in Iran.

Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were living together in Syria, teaching and writing. Their friend, Josh Fattal was visiting from the U.S. They strayed too close to the Iranian border and were captured. The three were accused of spying, and sent to prison - Sarah for more than a year, and Shane and Josh for more than two. The case shocked and intrigued the world, but only now are the three finally able to tell their side of the story.

Join us for an evening of conversation with Sarah and Shane about their recent book A Sliver of Light, which details their years behind bars, and explores how they now intend to change the way prisoners are treated in America.

Sarah and Shane will be interviewed by Mimi Lok, executive editor of McSweeney's Voice of Witness.

A portion of proceeds from the evening will be donated to Solitary Watch, the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the US.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by our independent bookselling partner, Books Inc.


About our guests:

Sarah Shourd is a writer, educator, contributing editor at nonprofit Solitary Watch, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She has focused her human rights advocacy work on combating the widespread use of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons and jails. She lives with her husband Shane Bauer in Oakland, California.

Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist and photographer based in Oakland, California. He has reported from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Yemen, Israel/Palestine, and the Pelican Bay supermax prison. His articles have appeared in Mother Jones, The Nation, Salon, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. His work has received the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism and the John Jay H.F. Guggenheim Award for Criminal Justice Reporting.


Mimi Lok is executive director and executive editor of Voice of Witness, an imprint of McSweeney's that uses oral history to illuminate contemporary human rights crises. Mimi has over fifteen years’ experience working in education and the literary arts in the U.K., China, and the U.S., and has contributed to various publications including the Washington Post, USA Today, Lucky Peach, and Hyphen. She is the recipient of various awards, including the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Social Progress, the Changemaker Award, and the Miriam Ylvisaker Award for Fiction.

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414 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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