Human rights activist, founder of Run for Congo Women, and co-founder of Sister Somalia, Lisa J. Shannon discusses the harrowing account of her journey with Congolese expatriate Francisca Thelin to her beloved homeland, which is now under the shadow of one of Africa's most feared militias--Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army--with the gripping Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family's Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo.
Award-winning poet and professor of creative writing at Concord Academy in Massachusetts Cammy Thomas reads and discusses works from her second collection Inscriptions. Focused on three strong women--a mother, an aunt, and a sister-in-law--confronting death, Inscriptions is an intense and lyrical meditation in the face of impermanence.
Founder and president of Healing Planet Project, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and presentation of healing and spiritual traditions through media, Marie-Rose Phan-Lê discusses her journey through the world of healing, from Hawaii to the Himalayas, with Talking Story. Marie-Rose will also present a clip from her award-winning documentary of the same name, which is a captivating companion to her memoir.
Literary editor and a former Senior Editor for Vanity Fair magazine, George Hodgman shares his stunning debut work Bettyville: A Memoir. Called “exquisitely written” by Jeanette Walls author of The Glass Castle, Bettyville is a witty, tender narrative of a son's journey home to his hometown of Paris, Missouri to care for his irascible mother who has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.