Book Talk | July 19, 2019 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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- July 19, 2019

Book Talk

EXPERIENCES OF A DEAFBLIND WOMAN ... Author Haben Girma, daughter of refugees and the first deafblind woman to graduate from Harvard Law school who was honored for her activist work by President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will share her life story with journalist Angie Coiro at Kepler's Books on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Raised by two Eritrean refugee parents who survived a 30-year war, Haben learned to value courage and community early. In her lifetime so far, she has traveled the globe, mastered non-visual techniques for navigating both salsa and the electric saw, climbed an iceberg and faced a bull, and attained the prestigious degree that helps her advocate for increased access and equity for disabled persons. She does this all, joyfully, using innovations that allow her to move readily through abled spaces as a deaf and blind woman. Kepler's Books is located at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. For more information, go to

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