During the Vietnam War, then-Capt. John Borling survived six years and eight months of soul-crushing imprisonment in the Hanoi Hilton by writing poetry—without pencil or paper. Instead, Borling shared his creations with fellow captives by their only means of communication—the forbidden POW tap code. Rapping on cell walls with his knuckles, he tapped poems of pain and despair, but also of humor, encouragement, and hope. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Borling’s book, Taps on the Walls—published in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of his release—contains all the poems Borling created during his confinement: remarkable stories of endurance, life lessons, and personal triumph. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with University Book Store. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.
Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.
Other Civics Events
Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 5:30 – 6:45pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Free; registration required.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.