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The River in My Backyard
Author Mikkel Aaland in conversation with journalist Markos Kounalakis

People lose their parents all the time. But Mikkel Aaland's father didn't just die. He died at the hands of Mikkel's mentally ill brother. This book, beautifully illustrated with the author's photographs and vintage family reproductions, is more than an exploration into the world of patricide, madness and ghost genes. Ending with a dramatic pilgrimage to holy Mt. Kailash, and atonement for a brother's sins, it provides an inspiring roadmap to inner peace and healing.

 

Mikkel Aaland is a professional photographer and the author of 12 best selling books on digital photography, including Photoshop RAW, Shooting Digital, the first Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Iceland) edition, and the second Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Tasmania) edition. Mikkel has also been a popular workshop leader in the United States and Europe, and creates training videos in collaboration with Lynda.com and Adobe Press. He is the co-host of the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography held every spring in Kristiansund, Norway. His non-technical books include, "County Fair Portraits," (for which he made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman) "Sweat" (an illustrated tour of international bathing customs, culminating a three-year project), "The Sword of Heaven," "Pilgrimage to Kailash" and a recently published memoir, "The River in My Backyard." Aaland is currently based in both San Francisco and Telemark, Norway. His web site is mikkelaaland.com

Markos Kounalakis is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He is president and publisher emeritus of the Washington Monthly and is currently researching the geopolitics of global news networks. Kounalakis is a print and network broadcast journalist and author who covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological. He reported the overthrow of communism for Newsweek in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria and the outbreak of ethnic strife and war in Yugoslavia. He was based in Rome and Vienna and ran the magazine's Prague bureau. After Newsweek, he worked as the NBC Radio and Mutual News Moscow correspondent covering the fall of the Soviet Union as well as the war in Afghanistan.

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