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‘Finding Kurdistan’ novel on Kurds, Iran


Monday, December 03, 2018
Portsmouth ‘Finding Kurdistan’ novel on Kurds, Iran

Finding Kurdistan is the story of the Hawreh Haddadi’s visit to Iran in 2010, and his awakening to the rich culture and history of his family and the culture shock of leaving behind his basketball hoop, his PlayStation, and reruns of The Simpsons. Reconnecting with cousins, hearing the stories of his father’s bravery as a Peshmerga freedom fighter, climbing mountains, and eating kebab until he fears his stomach will burst – these activities fill the days of an incredible summer. Unfortunately, other realities of being a Kurd in Iran also play a part. The stories of daily brutality by the Iranian regime become startlingly real when the Haddadi’s are unexpectedly detained and questioned. Told with the wit and innocence of a teenager, Finding Kurdistan makes a better case for peace and human rights than any academic treatise ever could. The book was published by Piscataqua Press in Portsmouth. Find more information by visiting ppressbooks.com or emailing info@piscataquapress.com.

Concord Free church concert

A free concert of seasonal music featuring strings, bells, organ, guitar, harmonica, piano, ukelele, and choral selections will be held at 4 p.m. on Dec. 16 at West Congregational Church, 499 N. State St., Concord. For more information, please call 227-0828.

Gilford Captain gives back

For over a decade, Lisa Cornish has been a fixture at the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, which offers grants to local nonprofits that help meet children’s basic needs. She recently joined its board of directors and continues to do whatever is needed to help, making it a point to bring a steady flow of items for the auction. For the last three years, Cornish has also served on a team for Pub Mania, and she’s a regular volunteer for the Pub Mania Shuffle. Pub Mania is a 24-hour barstool challenge that raises fund that go directly to the auction. Cornish has also taken on the role of captain for The Real Downtown Santas team, working to support the cause during the annual Pub Mania challenge, held Thursday and Friday. For more information or to participate in Pub Mania visit patrickspub.com/pubmania or email info@patrickspub.com.

Concord Trust appointments

The Board of Directors of New Hampshire Children’s Trust recently appointed Brenda Marotto as the organization’s Interim Executive Director and Bronwyn Barnett as Impact Director.

Gilford Christmas dinner

Continuing a decades-old holiday tradition in the Lakes Region, the congregation of the First United Methodist Church will provide a free dinner on Christmas Day at 18 Wesley Way, off Route 11-A, in Gilford. The doors will open at noon for fellowship, music and appetizers. At 1 p.m., dinner will be served in the church’s fellowship hall, featuring baked ham, vegetables and homemade pies. The congregation welcomes everyone in to share in this special day of joy and friendship. However, space is limited. To make a reservation, contact 524-3289 or email office@nhlakesumchurch.org by Dec. 17.