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Women's Worlds Reading Group discusses THE EXPEDITION TO THE BAOBAB TREE


Learning to survive in the  harsh interior of Southern Africa, a former slave seeks shelter in the hollow of a baobab tree. For the first time since she was a young girl her time is her own, her body is her own, her thoughts are her own. In solitude, she is finally able to reflect on her own existence and its meaning,  bringing her a semblance of inner peace. Scenes from her former life shuttle through her mind: how owner after owner assaulted her, and how each of her babies were taken away as soon as they were weaned, their futures left to her imagination. We are the sole witnesses to her history: her capture as a child, her tortured days in a harbor city on the eastern coast as a servant, her journey with her last owner and protector, her flight, and the kaleidoscopic world of her baobab tree. Wilma Stockenström's profound work of narrative fiction, translated by Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, is a rare, haunting exploration of enslavement and freedom.

Wilma Stockenström is one of the most important authors writing in Afrikaans. She has published 5 novels, 7 collections of poems, and one play. She received the Hertzog Prize for Poetry in 1977 and again in 1992. She was awarded Italy's Grinzane Cavour Prize in 1988 for The Expedition to the Baobab Tree. She has also had a successful career as an actress on stage and in film. She has been living in Cape Town since 1993. The author lives in Rapier, South Africa.

 
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel Cover Image
By Wilma Stockenstrom, J. M. Coetzee (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781935744924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Archipelago - April 15th, 2014

Event date: 
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Martha Freeman's IF YOU'RE GOING TO A MARCH



“More Americans are on the march these days, and that includes their children. Veteran writer Freeman gives young ones a good idea of what to expect.” – Booklist

This inspiring handbook introduces children to the world of activism, and gets them involved in our democracy!

As more and more children attend the growing number of marches across the country, IF YOU’RE GOING TO A MARCH (August, Sterling Children’s Books) serves as a great reference tool and conversation starter for youthful participants. Inspired by author Martha Freeman’s own experiences, this cheerful guide addresses many of the questions kids might have: What should I wear? How will I get there? Where will I be able to go to the bathroom? Is it okay to dance? (Yes, it is!).

The text stays focused on the fact that the right to assemble is a Constitutional part of our life as Americans . . . whatever our political point of view.

Martha Freeman has been marching since she was in middle school. Her 30 children’s books include Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow, Zap!, and Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question.

 
If You're Going to a March Cover Image
By Martha Freeman, Violet Kim (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454929932
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 7th, 2018

Event date: 
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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