Waucoma Bookstore will present Greg Mortenson, winner of the 2007 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award for "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time," on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.
Mortensen was an experienced mountaineer in his early years, climbing many of the worlds highest peaks. After a failed attempt to ascend Pakistan's K2 in 1993, he found himself lost and separated from his climbing party. Exhausted, disoriented and emaciated he stumbled into a remote, impoverished village in northern Pakistan. The village people took him in, treated him like royalty and nursed him back to health.
When he left for the United States several months later, he promised to return someday to build a school in this village. From that promise, which Mortenson was determined to somehow fulfill, has grown one of the most incredible humanitarian projects of our time.
Since that first school, Mortenson has gone on to build 53 others in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, focusing on education for girls especially in areas that are considered breeding grounds for the Taliban.
He has survived armed kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, death threats, and long separation from his wife and two children in Montana.
Price for the evening event is $8.
Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore. Seating will be limited.
All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization, Central Asia Institute, where Mortenson serves as director.