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Summit Reads presents author and activist Shannon Galpin

The 2016 Summit Reads Community Project returns for a sixth year with events and discussions focused on the book, “Mountain to Mountain,” by Shannon Galpin. The author will visit Summit County for her presentation and discussion on the book Thursday, March 10, at the Silverthorne Pavilion at 6 p.m.
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SCHEDULED EVENTS

Thursday, March 10: 6 p.m.: Author presentation, Silverthorne Pavilion

Tuesday, March 15: 10 a.m.: Book discussion #1, Next Page Books & Nosh, Frisco

Thursday, March 31: 6 p.m.: Community organization meet & greet; 6:30 p.m. panel discussion Hopefull/Discovery rooms South Branch Library, Breckenridge

Monday, April 4: 5:30 p.m.: Book discussion #2, North Branch Library, Silverthorne

The 2016 Summit Reads Community Project returns for a sixth year with events and discussions focused on the book, “Mountain to Mountain,” by Shannon Galpin. The author will visit Summit County for her presentation and discussion on the book Thursday, March 10, at the Silverthorne Pavilion at 6 p.m.

“We are very fortunate to have the Summit Reads book choice author in Summit County,” said Joyce Dierauer, Summit County Library executive director, in a statement. “We look forward to sharing her history and experiences in Afghanistan with local residents and visitors.”

All attendees at the author presentation may bring their book from home for Galpin to sign. There will also be copies of her book for purchase after the talk for anyone wanting an autographed copy.

In addition to writing “Mountain to Mountain,” Galpin is a National Geographic Adventurer and 5280 Humanitarian of the Year. She is best known for founding the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain in November 2006. Believing that connecting communities on both sides of the equation was key to combating the apathy that prevents action and that changing perceptions was just as important as tangible projects, she developed events that involved communities and provoked discussion through art, music and sport. Supporting graffiti art projects, women’s cycling, and creating the Streets of Afghanistan exhibition, Galpin has focused on projects that empower voice in conflict zones and inspire others to combat apathy.

“Shannon makes Afghanistan come alive on a personal level that no news story can ever replicate,” said Rita Golden Gelman, author of “Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World,” in a statement. “I biked with her up mountains, hung out with her colleagues, visited schools, and constantly connected with real people, both local and foreign. The most passionate pages take place in women’s prisons, where the women are jailed for ‘adultery’ because they were raped. The most poignant, heart-pumping pages are when Shannon shares her own deepest, darkest secret. This book is a winner — and so is Shannon.”

According to Galpin’s website, she is also the producer for the upcoming documentary with Let Media about the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team, “Afghan Cycles,” a documentary film telling the story of the first women to ride bikes in Afghanistan. She authored “Streets of Afghanistan: The Book,” which chronicles one of the most captivating efforts to connect communities and cultures through our common humanity and the power of art.

Galpin contributes to the Huffington Post and Matador Network. She and her work has been featured on Dateline NBC, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, ESPN, National Geographic Adventure and Outside Magazine. Her first TEDx talk was in 2012 on the Power of Voice, which best illustrates the thread that links all of her work together. She is a subject of the award-winning documentary film series, “MoveShake.”

Summit Reads started in 2011 with the book “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan. The following year the committee chose “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan, followed by “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” by Cynthia Barnett and “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution,” by Auden Schendler. Last year’s choice was “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr.

Copies of this year’s book, “Mountain to Mountain” are available at the Summit County Library for purchase or to check out and at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco. Summit Reads is sponsored by the Summit County Library, Summit County Rotary, Summit Daily News, Next Page Books & Nosh and the town of Silverthorne.

For more information, contact the Main Library at (970) 668-555.


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