Author Talk and Art Exhibit

Cleveland Park Library

Author Talk and Art Exhibit

"The Color of Hay: The Peasants of Maramures"

Book Cover:  The Color of HayJoin us at the library on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m., as photographer and author Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin discusses her book, The Color of Hay: The Peasants of Maramures.

A selection of photographs from the work will be displayed, and a book signing will follow the program. 

About the Book
The Maramureş Valley in Northern Romania is so remote that generations of peasant farming practices have remained intact.  As modern amenities like cable TV began to reach the region, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin documented how the people changed.
"Change is becoming woven into the generations,” says McLaughlin. "Though peasants desire some changes –- a washing machine can actually save a grandma’s life if it keeps her from falling in the river while washing clothes -– they also appreciated having the memories of their traditional lives preserved."

For over two years, McLaughlin and her husband H. Woods lived as peasants do. The Color of Hay captures Romanian history and a culture in transition in a book that includes photographs, essays, poems, proverbs, ghost stories and songs.

The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library is located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. N.W. near the Cleveland Park Metro Station. For more information, please call 202-282-3080.

About Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin
McLaughlin has received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, an IREX IARO Grant (National Endowment for the Humanities) and a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship. Her images have appeared in PDN, LensWork, Rangefinder, B&W Magazine, Black + White Photography (UK), and The Times Saturday Magazine (UK), and her photographs have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.  They are part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, Western Virginia Museum of Art and the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.  

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library and the Embassy of Romania.