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Author Event | A Road Called Down on Both Sides
September 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Coming of age in 1950s Ethiopia, American Caroline Kurtz returns as an adult with spouse and family, searching for “home.”
Learn more about Caroline’s life, ask questions, and have a copy of the book signed.
From the age of five, Caroline Kurtz grew up in Ethiopia, the child of Presbyterian church missionaries. The family lived in the church’s most remote mission station in the mountainous regions of southwestern Ethiopia near the town of Maji. Beginning at the age of ten, Caroline attended boarding school in Addis Ababa and then Alexandria, Egypt. Caroline left for college in the United States at eighteen, unprepared for U.S. culture. She eventually married a childhood sweetheart, also the child of American missionaries to Ethiopia, and the couple eventually returned with their family to live and work in Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan. She and her sister, the American children’s author Jane Kurtz, recently launched Ready Set go Books for early Ethiopian readers. Over 12,000 copies have been distributed in Ethiopia. Now retired, widowed, and living in Oregon, Caroline returns regularly to Ethiopia where she continues development and consulting work, particularly in the area of solar energy. This is her debut book in the United States.