Updated: 04/03/2014 10:59 PM
Created: 04/03/2014 10:58 PM WDIO.com
Two of the three hikers once detained in an Iranian prison are visiting Duluth, promoting their new book and talking about their experiences.
The book, A Sliver of Light, details Sarah Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal's capture in 2009, after they allegedly crossed the Iraq border into Iran while on a hike.
It also chronicles their time in custody; a piece of the story that the now-married couple Shourd and Bauer say was under-reported during incident that garnered international headlines.
"A lot of women showed incredible bravery," Shourd said after a presentation at the Bookstore at Fitger's. "I was in solitary confinement the whole time and a lot of women passed me notes, they sang to me down the hallway, they pushed passed the guards and threw their arms around us. We really saw also the side of Iran that very much loves America.
Shourd spent 18 months in confinement before being released on humanitarian grounds. Bauer, who grew up in Onamia, Minn. and has family in Duluth, spent more then two years in an Iranian prison.
"You know there are a lot of surprises as to what you think of when you think of an Iranian prison," Bauer said. "A lot of the book is about getting through the situation together, the three of us, but also how Iranian prisoners helped us get through."
Bauer and Joshua Fattal were both sentenced in Iranian court to eight years in prison for illegal entry and espionage, despite little evidence. They were released and returned to the U.S. in 2011.
Shourd, Bauer, and Fattal's book is available online and at the Bookstore at Fitger's.
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