Shattered Lens: A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria, June 16

Please join us on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road in Guerneville for a talk and reading by author Jonathan Alperyie. He will be discussing his book Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria

Alpeyrie was on his third trip to war-torn Syria in April 2013, when he became one of the first Western journalists to be abducted while covering the crisis. The French-born war photographer was on his way to cover clashes between Syrian army troops and the rebels when he was pulled out of his Jeep, handcuffed and taken hostage by Syrian rebels

Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie’s job but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French‑American photojournalist had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet‑torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels…

The author will speak for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a short question and answer session.  Books will be available for purchase and signing following the events. These events are free and open to all.

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