Local author Cynthia F. Davidson was born in the United States but came of age in Beirut, once a glamorous Mediterranean hotspot. But her family fled in 1975 at the outbreak of Lebanon’s terrible, lengthy civil war. In 1984, Davidson moved to Paris. Living with undiagnosed PTSD, Davidson decided that she needed to figure out what caused the war in the first place. That led her to Georgina Rizk, the Arab world’s first and thusfar only Miss Universe. (Rizk’s life story is completely bananas.) Davidson’s recently published memoir The Importance of Paris is on sale now, and she’ll be discussing her life at The Collective, a small indie bookstore/community space in Peace Dale.
image: Bob Barker crowning Georgina Rizk (Facebook/Miss Lebanon Fan Page)