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American Hikers Recall Iranian Imprisonment

American hikers Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd prior to meeting with their mothers at the Esteghlal hotel in Tehran on May 21, 2010. (AP/Press TV)

American hikers Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd prior to meeting with their mothers at the Esteghlal hotel in Tehran on May 21, 2010. (Press TV/AP)

Nearly five years ago, in the summer of 2009, three Americans went hiking in Iraq. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were living together in Syria, teaching and writing. Their friend, Josh Fattal was visiting from the U.S.

The three were touring a waterfall in the Kurdish highlands of Iraq, and their hike took them close to the border with Iran. As it turned out, too close.

Iranian authorities accused the three Americans of being spies and took them to a prison in Iran, where they passed much of the time in solitary confinement. Sarah Shourd was released after 14 months. The two men would remain in prison for another year.

The three describe the 26-month ordeal, including their confinement in Iran’s most infamous prison, in their new book “Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.”

Bauer, Fattal and Shourd will be hosting a discussion of their book at the Harvard Book Store Friday night.

Guests

Joshua Fattal, organizer and one of the authors of “Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.” He tweets at @_Josh_Fattal_.

Shane Bauer, investigative journalist, contributing writer at Mother Jones and one of the authors of “Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.” He tweets at @shane_bauer.

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