Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books and the International Institute of St. Louis present an event in honor of World Refugee Day with Amy Shrodes, author of Lost and Found Cat; Doug Moore, St. Louis Post Dispatch Refugee Resettlement Correspondent; and Ted Kemp, co-author of The Ragged Edge.
Left Bank Books will also be collecting diapers (sizes 4-6) & baby wipes, laundry detergent, and gently used shoes for all ages/genders (no high heels or winter boots) for donation to the International Institute, who will distribute them to refugees in the St. Louis area.
5pm: Amy Shrodes will discuss her children's book Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey. This heartwarming true story about one lost cat’s journey to be reunited with his refugee family journeying from Iraq to Greece gently introduces children to a difficult topic and shows how ordinary people can help with compassion and hope. Amy felt compelled to travel to Greece to help with the refugee crisis as a volunteer helping the arriving refugees and raising awareness back at home through a podcast.
6pm: Doug Moore has been a reporter with the Post-Dispatch for 13 years. His current beat is diversity and demographics, which includes covering issues involving race, gay rights, refugee resettlement and immigration reform. He was the recipient of the 2010 Terry Hughes Award, given annually by the St. Louis Newspaper Guild to a reporter who champions the underdog and brings attention to populations that would not otherwise have a voice. He also won a first place writing award from the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors for a profile on the Kirkwood City Hall shooter.
7pm: Ted Kemp will discuss his book The Ragged Edge: A US Marine's Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion. The Ragged Edge is US Marine Michael Zacchea's (co-written by Tom Kemp) deeply personal and powerful account of hopeful determination, of brotherhood and betrayal, and of cultural ignorance and misunderstanding. It sheds light on the dangerous pitfalls of training foreign troops to fight insurgents and terrorists, precisely when such wartime collaboration is happening more than at any other time in US history.
The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. To learn how you can help refugees in the St. Louis area; visit www.iistl.org.