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Dear Friends and Readers,

A Wintry Day in Damascus: Syrian Stories is now available for purchase at Book Culture books, located at 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025 (212) 865-1588. A limited number of signed editions of the book are available at a special discount price.

You may also find copies at Shakespeare & Co. 939 Lexington Avenue (at 69th Street), New York, NY 10065 (212) 570-0201, and at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 (212) 274-1160.

Support your local book stores! If you do not live in the NYC area, print and Kindle versions are available on Amazon.com.

As ever, all proceeds from book sales will go toward humanitarian relief for Syrian refugees (outside of Syria for the moment, as there is some debate about the availability of funds for Syrians inside Syria donated by international not-for-profict agencies, many of which are required to operate under the authorization of the national government. It is kind of like asking the fox to grant you access to the hen house). So far the charities I have supported include the UNHCR, the ICRC, Handicap International, and a few direct humanitarian and medical initiatives in Syria itself. Every little bit of assistance can help.