Shannon Galpin Presents Mountain to Mountain
The 2016 Summit Reads Community Project returns for a sixth year with events and discussions focused on the book, Mountain to Mountain by Shannon Galpin. The author will visit Summit County for her book presentation and discussion today, March 10, 2016 at the Silverthorne Pavilion at 6:00 pm.
“Shannon makes Afghanistan come alive on a personal level that no news story can ever replicate. I biked with her up mountains, hung out with her colleagues, visited schools, and constantly connected with real people, both local and foreign. The most passionate pages take place in women’s prisons, where the women are jailed for ‘adultery’…because they were raped. The most poignant, heart-pumping pages are when Shannon shares her own deepest darkest secret. This book is a winner….and so is Shannon,” said Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World.
According to Galpin’s website, “She is also the producer for the upcoming documentary with Let Media about the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team, Afghan Cycles, a documentary film telling the story of the first women to ride bikes in Afghanistan. She authored Streets of Afghanistan: The Book which chronicles one of the most captivating efforts to connect communities and cultures through our common humanity and the power of art.
Shannon contributes to the Huffington Post and Matador Network. Shannon and her work have been featured on Dateline NBC, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, ESPN, National Geographic Adventure, and in Outside Magazine. Her first TEDx talk was in 2012 on the Power of Voice which best illustrates the thread that links all of her work together. She is a subject of the award winning documentary film series, MoveShake.
“Shannon is as brave as they come. For almost a decade she has battled the odds to empower Afghanistan’s dispossessed and disabled populations. Now, at a time when women’s rights are again under attack across South Asia, she provides a poignant story of how education and sport can overcome Taliban attacks and social neglect. Inspiring as only a real doer can be,” said Parag Khanna, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, and author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order.