Posts Tagged ‘novelist’
Maxine Hong Kingston, Chana Block and Susan Griffin celebrate the life of Grace Paley, whose generous spirit animated her writing, as well as her deep engagement with social and political issues. Whether fighting for equal rights for women or protesting American foreign policy, Grace was a tireless defender of free expression and human rights. Her compassion and vitality animated her poetry and short stories, making her one of America’s most influential and beloved writers.
Former Soviet dissident, political prisoner, and human rights icon, Natan Sharansky has spent his life championing democracy and freedom. In 1977, he was arrested by the KGB for his activism and his support for Soviet Jewry’s demands to emigrate to Israel and imprisoned for nine years. His latest book, Defending Identity, is a piercing examination of the dominant force that shapes political interactions and its indispensable role in protecting democracy.
There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, high on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than 50 conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. This former child soldier, who was swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil war, gives us one of the only first-person accounts of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.
Thirty-something feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner argues that the women’s movement didn’t necessarily provide her generation with a road map to the equal, fulfilling relationships that they expected. It is the insurgent voices of bisexual women, she says, that are furthering the aims of the feminist dream for a better world.