For the Global Development Matters August Meetup on Tuesday, August 26th, we will be joined by Liberian novelist Elma Shaw who will discuss her new book, Redemption Road, which is set in Monrovia during the administration of Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor.
About the book: Elma 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.
Join us at 6:30pm with light refreshments and conversation, with the book discussion beginning around 6:45pm.
To RSVP, please got to the Meetup site.
"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