To start the third season of the Local Author Series, Gail Rose Thompson will present her non-fiction book Iran from Crown to Turban relating tales of life in Iran during the time of the Pahlavi Crown, the revolution and post-revolutionary times. Her images of the country are far different from what the press tells us. Her entertaining stories depict a country of which we are misinformed.
Thompson will be present her book on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B.
Thompson grew up in Ontario, Canada, where she became involved in riding and training horses. She graduated from Hamilton Teachers College and taught school for several years before she traveled to Iran where she worked for the Imperial Court of Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi during the "Golden Years" of the 1970s. While there she witnessed the country's development as the leading power in the Middle East. Upon her arrival in Richmond, Virginia from Iran, she opened a riding school which, over the next forty years developed into a renowned training facility for Hunter/Jumper horses and riders. She returned to Iran in the fall of 2017 where she met up with old friends and spent time touring and learning about the life in the Islamic Republic of Iran as it is now. She lives in Ocala, Florida. Her memoir All the Shah's Horses has been well received.
In Iran from Crown to Turbans, she paints a picture of a beautiful historic country that dates from the fourth millennium BCE, when the Persian Empire was the most powerful kingdom in the ancient world. Iranians are proud of their heritage-being polite, hospitable, and extremely family-oriented. Iran from Crown to Turbans is a fascinating book of stories that will enlighten the reader about a country that has been misrepresented.