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Artful Framing & Gallery

Creative desgn with quality service.

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


"...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


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



"This extraordinary 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