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Ann Jones
Ann Jones
Journalist & Women's Rights Activist
Thursday
October 5, 2006

4:15 pm Seminar
Campus Center 375

8:00 p.m. Reading
Campus Center 375
Nahid Rachlin
Nahid Rachlin
Iranian-American Author
Tuesday
October 17, 2006

4:15 pm Seminar
Assembly Hall CC

8:00 p.m. Reading
Recital Hall PAC
Yvette Christianse
Yvette Christiansë
South Africa-Born Novelist
Tuesday
November 28, 2006

4:15 pm Seminar
Assembly Hall CC

8:00 p.m. Reading
Recital Hall PAC

Ann JonesKabul in Winter

Ann Jones, journalist and authority on women and violence, is the author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan (2006), a trenchant report about day-to-day life in a ruined, war-shattered city. As a volunteer aide worker in post-Taliban schools, prisons, and neighborhoods, Jones tells of her work with outcast and battered women, including war widows, runaway child brides, prostitutes, abandoned wives, and rape victims. She also addresses the failures of American intervention in the region.

"Jones, a keen observer, captures her surroundings in crisp vignettes, some appalling, others quite comic. . . . Kabul in Winter is a work of impassioned reportage, a sympathetic observer's damage assessment of a country torn apart. . . eloquent and persuasive. . . ." - New York Times

An authority on women as victim and perpetrators of violence, Jones is the bestselling author of Looking for Lovedu: A Woman's Journey Through Africa (2001) and Women Who Kill (1980, 1996).

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Nahid RachlinPersian Girls

Nahid Rachlin is the most published Iranian author in the U.S. with four novels, a short story collection, and her new memoir, Persian Girls (Oct 2006).

praised the memoir for "shedding light on an intimate world that is at the center of the world's stage. With a deft hand, she writes of a life so honestly that it has all the facets of a great novel." - Patty Dann, author

Born in Iran in 1944, Rachlin came to the U.S. to attend college in 1962 and stayed. Her fiction is based on her personal experiences and reveals the hidden Iran, the family dramas of ordinary Iranians as well as the politics underlying daily life. Rachin's previous work includes the novels, Jumping Over Fire (2006), The Heart's Desire (1995), Married to a Stranger (1983), Foreigner (1978), and the story collection Veils (1992).

"... a rare intimate look at Iranians who are poorer and less educated... I have read this book four times by now, and each time I have discovered new layers in it." - Ann Tyler, novelist, New York Times Book Review (on Foreigner)

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Yyvette ChristianseUnconfessed

Yvette Christiansė, poet and fiction writer, was born in South Africa, and emigrated with her parents via Swaziland to Australia at the age of eighteen. Unconfessed (2006), her first novel, tells the epic story of Sila van den Kaap, a slave of 19th century South Africa. Inspired by actual court records, the novel follows Sila's struggle for survival as she is passed from master to master, farm to farm, and ultimately, from prison to prison.

"Christiansė captures not only the breadth and complexity of Sila, a heroine for the ages, but also the moral crisis and political turmoil of 19th-century South Africa. . . . A gorgeous devastating song of freedom that will inevitably be compared to Toni Morrison's Beloved." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Christiansė is also the author of Castaway (1999), a unique work of poetry that consists of fictional documents from the island of St. Helena, where Napoleon was banished, and where Christiansė's grandmother lived. Employing multiple personae, the book explores the history of the island, and its legacy as a place of exile and enslavement.

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