Liberian Author Travels With Her People Down Redemption Road
by Awo Sarpong Ansu
Not many first novels feature a foreword by the President of the author's country. But Liberian author Elma Shaw's Redemption Road: The Quest for Peace and Justice in Liberia, opens with a Foreword by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. An endorsement of such gravitas puts a lot of pressure on a book to be good, and Redemption Road more than meets the challenge. Redemption Road is the recounting of Liberia's process of healing from the wounds of its civil war and the efforts of the nation and its people to rebuild themselves individually and collectively. Through the eyes of fictional characters who speak the truth of what Liberians experienced during the war and its aftermath, Ms. Shaw shows that she truly understands the restorative power of words. Ms. Shaw spoke to Jamati and other attendees of her book discussion at The Culture Shop in Washington, D.C. about her inspiration and hopes for Redemption Road. read more...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The Culture Shop is a beautiful fair trade store and bookshop near the Takoma Park metro station in Washington DC. The owners, Mona and Valentine Davies from Sierra Leone, hosted a book signing for me this evening. Despite warnings of severe weather because of Hurricane Ike, quite a few people came to hear me read from and discuss Redemption Road.
Good friends Ethan and Jude Landis, and Valentine Davies
Awo Sarpong Ansu (in blue) of Jamati Online
With Cousin Trypetus and Gerald Siafa