Join Us for a Book Reading & Signing
We will be celebrating Beth Gebreyohannes and her book, Fire Walkers; a riveting and inspiring memoir of her refugee experience in 1974 after a coup installed a repressive military regime in Ethiopia . Fire Walkers was featured in the Nota Benes section of the March 2017 issue of World Literature Today Magazine and received 4.6 of 5 stars on GoodReads.
Please join us at our Takoma DC Gallery on Saturday, May 27th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wine reception, live music, readings, and art...always art.
Artful Framing & Gallery
6960 Maple St
Takoma DC 20012
sobering reminder that the plight of the refugee is a perennial story with only
locations and details that change with time."
—World Literature Today
It’s 1974, a coup has just
installed a repressive military regime in Ethiopia. A family of five undertakes
to escape from Addis Ababa to Djibouti, cross the brutal Danakil Desert on
foot. Beth Gebreyohannes, a young girl at the time, describes that grim,
perilous journey. Betrayed by guides and robbed by bandits, lost in the desert
without food or water, they are rescued finally by a trading caravan of nomadic
Afar tribesmen, complete strangers who feed and guide them on to Djibouti. In
this port city, other strangers house them until—more than a year after they
left—they receive their visas for Canada.
This is a story at once gripping and moving, about the endurance and courage of a family escaping to freedom against all odds; a story everyone would acknowledge as a portrait of our times, when so many everywhere run to seek safe havens.
"Their journey not only catalogs a time and place now forever lost but is a sobering reminder that the plight of the refugee is a perennial story with only locations and details that change with time."
—World Literature Today
memoir captures one family’s harrowing escape from a totalitarian and brutal
regime in Ethiopia. Beyond the unspeakable sadness and terror is a testament to
the strength of the human spirit in face of adversity, and the amazing acts of
human kindness that allowed Beth to survive and tell this story. "
—ABRAHAM VERGHESE, author of Cutting for Stone
"Fire Walkers is Beth’s memoir, but it is in a way two stories: a harrowing journey across the Danakil Desert, one of the hottest places on earth, it is also an ode to Terrefe’s generation’s lost dream for Ethiopia. After a 15-month journey, the family came to Canada, settling in Lethbridge, Alta. A forceful reminder of the paths taken to reach here."—The Globe and Mail
"Gebreyohannes’s vivid memoir describes their year-long trek across the inhospitable Danakil Desert on foot, a dangerous journey where they met both cruelty and kindness before reaching safety in Djibouti."
—Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star