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Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Many Puget Sound region readers followed journalist Kirsten Grind's coverage of the Washington Mutual Bank failure in the pages of the Puget Sound Business Journal. She has deepened, developed, and expanded that work—for which she and colleagues Jeanne Lang Jones and Alwyn Scott were named Pulitzer Prize finalists—into a compelling new, full-length book, The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual—The Biggest Bank Failure in American History (Simon and Schuster). "Grind pens a lucid, entertaining guide to the delusions and frauds powering the debacle, from Fed chief Alan Greenspan's rose-tinted economic forecasts on to the falsified documents that put people with no income, assets, or perhaps even pulses, into mortgages they could never repay. Hers is one of the best accounts yet of WaMu's demise." - Publishers Weekly. Kirsten Grind is now a reporter with The Wall Street Journal. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.
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Many years in the writing, We Heard the Heavens Then: A Memoir of Iran is Oregon teacher and writer Aria Minu-Sepehr's beautiful and moving chronicle of his family's life in Iran just before, then during and after that country's 1979 revolution. "Aria Minu-Sepehr's memoir about growing up in Iran before the fall of the Shah is an exquisitely told tale brimming with sensuality, humor, and humanity. Minu-Sepehr vividly captures the intense yearning and bewilderment of childhood as he, like a modern-day Shahrazad, unravels a rich and unforgettable tapestry of true-life stories set in a country on the verge of revolution. We Heard the Heavens Then is a son's eloquent tribute to his father and to the beloved country he had to leave behind." - Mira Bartók.