STAND WITH UKRAINE: Community Coffee Talk with author Anne Garrels

Event date: 
Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Garage Galleri
2 Main Street (corner of Main & Rte. 22)
Millerton, NY 12546

Oblong Books' Dick Hermans will talk with author Anne Garrels about her book PUTIN COUNTRY.

Anne and her friends have raised over $600,000 since the beginning of the war against Ukraine. Learn how have they done it and what else we can do as a community to help the brave people of Ukraine!

Free. Open to all who wish to attend.

Anne GarrelsPutin Country: A Journey Into the Real Russia by Anne GarrelsDick Hermans

For almost 25 years Anne Garrels was the senior foreign correspondent for NPR, reporting from Russia and the other former Soviet republics, the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, China, Mongolia, and Iraq. She arrived in Baghdad six months before the 2003 U.S. invasion, stayed during the U.S. bombing campaign and continued to cover Iraq for the next six years.

Before joining NPR in 1986 she was Chief Correspondent in Moscow and Central America for ABC, and the State Department correspondent for NBC. She has been honored with numerous journalism awards, including the Peabody and the Polk. Garrels is on the board of Oxfam America and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia By Anne Garrels Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118110
Availability: Backordered
Published: Picador - March 14th, 2017

In Putin Country, Garrels crafts an intimate portrait of Middle Russia. We meet upwardly mobile professionals, impassioned activists who champion the rights of orphans and disabled children, and ostentatious mafiosi. We discover surprising subcultures, such as a vibrant underground gay community and a circle of determined Protestant evangelicals. And we watch doctors and teachers trying to cope with inescapable payoffs and institutionalized negligence. As Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on power and war in Ukraine leads to Western sanctions and a lower standard of living, the local population mingles belligerent nationalism with a deep ambivalence about their country’s direction. Through it all, Garrels sympathetically charts an ongoing identity crisis. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union, what is Russia? What kind of pride and cohesion can it offer? Drawing on close friendships sustained over many years, Garrels explains why Putin commands the loyalty of so many Russians, even those who decry the abuses of power they regularly encounter.
Correcting the misconceptions of Putin’s supporters and critics alike, Garrels’s portrait of Russia’s silent majority is both essential and engaging reading at a time when cold war tensions are resurgent.