Diablo Magazine’s June Issue Highlights Captivating Editorial with Local Personalities and Celebrities

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Diablo magazine’s June issue features “Held Captive,” the fascinating story of the now world-renowned hikers from the East Bay who were arrested for trespassing in Iran: Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd. The trio tell the story about their time in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison and how that experience has redirected their life plans. Also in the June issue is “The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide,” which highlights local celebrities: Frank Somerville, anchor of KTVU-2’s 10 o’clock News; Nick Punto, infielder for the Oakland A’s; and Matt Greco, the executive chef from The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.

The hikers' story tells of the three young American UC Berkeley graduates on vacation in Iraq Kurdistan, a pro-American region. During a hike on a recommended trail, the trio accidentally crossed, or were lured, into Iran. The three expected to be released within days of their capture, but the ordeal lasted two years. In September 2010, Iran released Shourd on humanitarian grounds. She had been held for 14 months. “I thought as soon as I got out of solitary confinement that everything would be OK,” Shourd states. “But it takes years for the nervous system to get back to normal.” When Shourd got home, she took a lead role in the Free the Hikers campaign. She met with dozens of U.S. and foreign officials for assistance in the release of the two men still in prison, including President Obama, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then president of Iran. The three hikers have recounted their stories in their new memoir, A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran, published this spring. The full story can be read on Diablo magazine’s digital edition or on the website at: http://www.diablomag.com/June-2014/Held-Captive/.

Diablo’s “The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide,” seeks out expert advice from some of the East Bay’s most well-known dads—and from a professional stylist, who chooses gift ideas for these dads. Picks for Frank Somerville, classified as “The Worldly” dad, include SoundShield noise-cancelling stereo headphones, Big Blue Studio wireless Bluetooth speakers, and a weathered cotton outback hat. Selections for Nick Punto, classified as “The Athlete” dad, consist of Celestron Nature DX 10×32 binoculars, custom Flying V men’s snowboard, Anon M1 gold chrome goggles, and a variety of other athletic gear. Lastly, our expert suggests gift ideas for executive chef Matt Greco, “The Foodie” dad, such as Provence Platters black La Chamba casserole dishes, a wooden wine barrel tray, striped LinenMe napkins, Fog Linen Work apron, and several rustic cook classic picks. For the full ultimate guide, click here or visit our digital edition.

Diablo magazine is available at bookstores, grocery stores, and department stores throughout the Bay Area, as well as the Diablo Publications Walnut Creek office. For all magazine distribution locations, click here.

About Diablo Publications For 35 years, Diablo Publications has been creating award-winning publications, including Diablo magazine, Napa Sonoma magazine, the Diablo City Book Series, Diablo Arts, and the Tri-Valley California Visitors Guide. Covering travel, theater, lifestyle, and home design, Diablo Publications celebrates the people, places, and pleasures of the East Bay and North Bay. Diablo Publications’ custom content division, Diablo Custom Publishing (DCP), provides complete print and online marketing communications and customer publishing services for corporate clients nationwide. For more information, visit diablomag.com or dcpubs.com.


Dave Reik