Powell’s Book Talk

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St,
Portland, OR 97209

Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm

The Immigrant Story and Oregon State University Press invite you to a special program hosted by Powell’s City of Books celebrating the publication of I Lived to Tell the World: Stories from Survivors of Holocaust, Genocide, and the Atrocities of War. The event will take place at 3 PM, Sunday, April 7, at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland and will feature a screening, author conversation, and testimony from two genocide survivors.

Written by author and journalist Elizabeth Mehren and co-published by Oregon State University Press, I Lived to Tell the World presents thirteen inspiring profiles of war and genocide survivors. They come from Rwanda, Myanmar, Syria, and more – and they have all made new homes in Oregon after enduring unthinkable cruelties. 

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan Genocide on April 7, 1994, the event will start with a movie screening of “Reconciliation,” a short film produced by The Immigrant Story in collaboration with NW Documentary. “Reconciliation” documents the story of Emmanuel Turaturanye, who survived the Rwandan genocide that killed nearly everyone else in his large, extended family. 

Following the screening, Elizabeth Mehren will engage audience members in an author conversation as she delves into the themes and insights of I Lived to Tell the World. The event will conclude with the poignant testimonies of Turaturanye and Saron Khut, who will share firsthand accounts of surviving the Rwandan genocide and the Cambodian Killing Fields.

This event promises to be more than a traditional book talk – it’s a conversation, and an opportunity to reflect and be inspired.