Writer and filmmaker Bill Carter will discuss his book "Fools Rush In" and view the accompanying documentary Miss Sarajevo at Verde Valley School on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in Brady Hall.
Students and faculty at the international boarding and day school in the Village of Oak Creek read Carter's book as this year's summer reading. A series of class visits is also planned for Friday, September 19 and a student only "mocktail" party where students can ask questions of the author is planned for the weekend.
"Fools Rush In" documents Bill's time in Bosnia during the Siege of Sarajevo - the friends he met, the friends he lost, the shots he dodged and that time he convinced U2, the biggest band in the world at the time, to listen to him talk about life in a war zone ... and what happened after that meeting. Bill's most recent book "Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, The Metal That Runs The World" won the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award for nonfiction in 2013. He was recently featured in Sedona Monthly's July issue. Carter is also an Associate Professor in the Communications Department at Northern Arizona University.
Carter's speech is the first this year in the school's MDG Speaker Series. The Verde Valley School MDG Malawi Project consists of a series of service projects carried out locally throughout the school year using the framework of various aspects of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals program.
The year culminates in a three-week service trip to Malawi in central Africa. While in Malawi VVS students and staff work at the Open Arms Infant Home, take part in the Face 2 Face AIDS project, conduct two eyeglass clinics and live in a Malawian village, to name a few projects. The eyeglass clinics are a joint venture though VVS, the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Lions Club and Sedona Eyecare.
Throughout the school year VVS students focus on humanitarian efforts closer to home including the Backpacks for Kids program supporting Big Park School in conjunction with the Yavapai Food Council, Coats for Kids as a part of the Tewa Holiday Project and working with
The public is invited to Carter's talk at Verde Valley School. The event is free, but please call the school at (928) 284-2272 to RSVP.