Please join us on August 26, 2008 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm for the August CGD Global Development Matters Meet Up. Liberian novelist Elma Shaw will be present to discuss her new book Redemption Road: The Quest for Peace and Justice in Liberia which takes place in Monrovia during the Charles Taylor administration.About the book: Shaw's riveting debut is a story of recovery, atonement, and the continuing quest for peace and justice in a nation plagued by conflict and inequalities since its founding by free blacks and former American slaves. Written with compassion, honesty and clarity, Shaw's novel helps us to finally begin to make sense of what has often been termed a "senseless" war. Hers is a new but mature voice that shows remarkable insight into both the causes of Liberia's civil war, and the cure for healing the wounds and averting further conflict.Light refreshments will be served. The Center for Global Development is located at 1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC. Please RSVP on the Meetup site. We hope to see you there!"In the tradition of Liberian literary greats Bai T. Moore and Wilton Sankawulo, Elma Shaw carves out a period in Liberia's history and transplants it onto paper for the world to swallow and digest without judgment. Redemption Road reminds us of our tragic past but it also shows us that peace, justice, reconciliation, progress, and development are attained if we only try a little harder." --From the Foreword by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia
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