‘CONGO STORIES’ BOOK TOUR: Meet the authors and contributors of “Congo Stories” at special book events in cities across the U.S.
Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed
By John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba
Foreword by Soraya Aziz Souleymane Postscript by Dave Eggers Afterword by Chouchou Namegabe Illustrations by Sam Ilus
Photographs by Ryan Gosling
For more information and to order: CongoStories
Grand Central Publishing Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Contact: Greg Hittelman Director of Communications +1-310-717-0606 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan is going to attend the presentation of the book ‘Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed’ in various American cities:
DECEMBER 10, 2018
L.A.: FIDEL BAFILEMBA, RYAN GOSLING, CHOUCHOU NAMEGABE, JOHN PRENDERGAST
Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads present John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba with Ryan Gosling and Chouchou Namegabe, to discuss and sign “Congo Stories” at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The City Council Chambers West Hollywood Library 625 North San Vicente Boulevard West Hollywood – L.A.
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On the same day Ryan Gosling is going to attend a Q&A & Book Signing @ UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Main Conference Room in L.A. @ 12.00 – 1.30. No public admission only for UCLA Students.
DECEMBER 13, 2018
DC: JOHN PRENDERGAST, FIDEL BAFILEMBA, CHOUCHOU NAMEGABE, AND RYAN GOSLING
Politics and Prose presents John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba with Ryan Gosling and Chouchou Namegabe, to discuss and sign “Congo Stories” @ 7pm in Washington D.C. at the Dorothy Betts Theatre Cloyd Heck Marvin Center 800 21st St. NW
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DECEMBER 14, 2018
NYC: CONGO STORIES SIGNING W/ JOHN PRENDERGAST, FIDEL BAFILEMBA, RYAN GOSLING, & CHOUCHOU NAMEGABE
Join John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling, and Chouchou Namegabe for a signing of their important new work. The signing will take place from 12:30pm – 1:30pm in the Strand Bookstore Rare Book Room.
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The photographs of the Book were taken by Ryan During his travel in East Congo in 2010 for the @EnoughProject with John Prendergast, the co-founder of the Enough Project and with the Enough field analyst Fidel Bafilembaf. The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a conflict which most people don’t know. Armed groups are fighting over the lucrative minerals that power cell phones and laptops, leaving a trail of human destruction. They spent most of their time in eastern Congo talking with survivors of this silent war to know what they experienced, and what messages they might have for those of us who have come to rely on cell phones and laptops that inadvertently connect us to Congo.
During the trip, Ryan made a video too “Raise Hope for Congo.” Unfortunately the Video is untraceable on line. Ry met with civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and survivors of the ongoing violent conflict. Through the collection of original video footage and pictures Ry intended to cast a spotlight on their stories of courage, survival, and hope
You can buy the book, on sale from December 4, on Amazon and on other online retailers. Here’s the link Link … Do the right thing and buy It!
THE UPSTANDER FUND
100 percent of the authors’ proceeds from the book will go to support Congolese Upstanders working for peace and human rights in Congo.
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From the Official Site:
From the author of the New York Times bestselling and award winning, John Prendergast, co-writes acompelling book with Fidel Bafilemba — with stunning photographs by Ryan Gosling — revealing the way in which the people and resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been used throughout thelast five centuries to build, develop, advance, and safeguard the United States and Europe.
The book highlights the devastating price Congo has paid for that support. However, the way the world deals with Congo is finally changing, and the book tells the remarkable stories of those in Congo and the United States leading that transformation.
The people of Congo are fighting back against a tidal wave of international exploitation and governmental oppression to make things better for their nation, their neighborhoods, and their families. They are risking their lives to resist and alter the deadly status quo. And now, finally, there are human rights movements led by young people in the United States and Europe building solidarity with Congolese change-makers in support ofdignity, justice, and equality for the Congolese people. As a result, the way the world deal with Congo is finally changing.
Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling, and John Prendergast traveled to Congo to document some of the stories notonly of the Congolese upstanders who are building a better future for their country but also of young Congolese people overcoming enormous odds just to go to school and help take care of their families.
The book features the life story of Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
and one of many of theCongo lese upstanders whose lives are profiled in the book.
Through Gosling’s photographs of Congolese daily life, Bafilemba’s profiles of heroic Congolese activists, and Prendergast’s narratives of the extraordinary history and evolving social movements that
directly link Congo with the United States and Europe, CONGO STORIES provides windows into the history, the people, the challenges, the possibilities, and the movements that could change the course of Congo’s destiny.
And Here’s a surprise:
Some shoots Ryan took during his trip published in the book (Congolese Children seen through Ryan’s eyes):