Sunday, March 18, 2007

Celebration for Afghan Women's Literacy Campaign

A night in celebration of women's literacy - to benefit RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) Monday, March 26, 730 PM at the Frontier Cafe, Cinema and Gallery, Fort Andross, Maine Street, Brunswick.
An evening of poetry (readers include Karin Spitfire, Marilyn Reizbaum, Willie Oppenheim, and Gary Lawless), Afghan food, film and music to celebrate the power of the written word in the hands of empowered women, and to support women's literacy efforts in Afghanistan. All money raised will go to the RAWA literacy program, teaching Afghan women and girls to read, through their program of hiring women teachers, for $65 per month, to teach a class of up to 25 new readers.
"If you are illiterate, it is as if you are blind." - Soraya, Afghan widow enrolled in a RAWA literacy course.

Gulf of Maine Books will do book support for the event, and suggests the following book list:

Songs of Love and War - Afghan Women's Poetry

RAWA related:
With All Our Strength - RAWA - Anne Brodsky
Meena - Heroine of Afghanistan - The Martyr who founded RAWA - Melody Chavis
Veiled Courage - Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance - Cheryl Benard
Veiled Threat - Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan - Sally Armstrong
Women of Afghanistan under the Taliban - Rosemarie Skaine
Sewing Circles of Herat - Christina Lamb
My Forbidden Face - Growing Up under the Taliban - Latifa

Other Related Non fiction
Storyteller's daughter - One woman's return to her lost homeland - Saira Shah
Kabul in Winter - Ann Jones
West of Kabul, East of New York - An Afghan American Story - Tamim Ansary
Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
An Unexpected Light - Travels in Afghanistan - Jason Elliot
The Places in Between - Rory Stewart
Ghost Wars - The Secret History of the Cia, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet invasion to September 11 - Steve Coll

Related Fiction:
Swallows of Kabul - Yasmina Khadra
The Kite Runner - Hosseini
Winter in Kandahar - Steve Wilson


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