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Release Date: 08/21/2007

The Seattle Public Library's 2007 September Project features humanitarian Greg Mortenson, author of 'Three Cups of Tea'

Greg Mortenson

The Seattle Public Library's 2007 September Project will feature mountain climber turned humanitarian Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time."

Mortenson will show slides and discuss his work of the past decade, which includes building more than 60 schools and bringing education to more than 24,000 children (especially girls) in remote Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mortenson will speak at the following times, dates and locations:

  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 - Town Hall at Eighth & Seneca, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 - Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., 206-684-4711
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547


All events are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Seating at branch libraries is limited. Parking at Town Hall at Eighth & Seneca is available at adjacent commercial lots and on the street. Parking at branches is free. Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins.

A resident of Montana, Mortenson spends several months of the year in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In pursuit of his mission, he has survived kidnapping, death threats and long separations from his wife and children.

"Three Cups of Tea" was recently awarded the 2007 Kiriyama Prize for Nonfiction. The prize celebrates literature that contributes to greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia.

This program series is presented in cooperation with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing at all programs.

The 2007 September Project is made possible with additional support from KUOW 94.9 Public Radio and the Kiriyama Prize.

Background information on the September Project
On Dec. 18, 2001, Congress designated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day, a day that citizens are urged to commemorate by attending "appropriate ceremonies and activities." The September Project, a global grassroots effort, is designed to foster and sustain intelligent, creative and public engagement with questions about democracy, citizenship, activism, war, globalism and media literacy.

Themes of previous September Project programs at The Seattle Public Library have included topics such as immigration and the First Amendment.

For more information on the September Project at The Seattle Public Library, call 206-386-4636 or visit For more information about September Project programs at participating libraries in other cities and countries, see

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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