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September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
JANUARY 12, 2004
11:55 PM
CONTACT:  September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Colleen Kelly--646-408-5676
Live From Afghanistan: 9/11 Father Joins Bookstore Benefit
NEW YORK - January 12 - A benefit reading of Afghan Folktales in New York City will get a unique twist when September 11th father Derrill Bodley joins in, live, via phone from Afghanistan.

Bodley, who first visited that country in January, 2002, has made a return trip as a member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a family group seeking nonviolent alternatives to war. The reading will begin at 7pm on Tuesday, January 13th, at Bluestockings Bookstore in Manhattan.

"A Key To The Heart," a collection of six Afghan folktales written in both English and Afghan Arabic, is being used as a fundraising vehicle for School of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for children in rural Afghanistan. It will also benefit the New York City PS3 school project that has developed concurrently to build schools in rural Afghanistan for boys and girls. The book is illustrated by children from Afghanistan and America.

Derrill Bodley lost his daughter, Deora, on Flight 93 on September 11th. During his current trip to Afghanistan, he has been working with several non-profit groups and Afghan-based NGO's that are carrying the burden of reconstruction in that country, on issues of education and literacy, self-help employment grants, medical facilities and de-mining programs.

Readings from "A Key To The Heart" will begin at 7pm, Tuesday, January 13th, with readers Andrea Assaf, Potri Ranka Manis , Vittoria Repetto, Wajma and others. Mr. Bodley will phone from Afghanistan at 8:30pm.


Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen St.

(between Staton & Rivington)

1-1/2 blocks south from E.Houston

New York City


September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows represents more than 100 family members of 9/11 victims and 3,000 supporters. Its website is:


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