Clemantine Wamariya will be In Conversation about her New Hardcover ~ The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Clemantine Wamariya will be In Conversation about her New Hardcover written with Elizabeth Weil, Co-Author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Clemantine Wamariya is a Member of the Board of Women For Women International, and has spoken at the Forbes for Women Summit.

“Clemantine Wamariya has written a defining, luminescent memoir that shines a sharp light on the dark forces that roil our age. If you read this book—and once you read the first page, you will not put it down—you will never think about political violence, displacement, or the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship the same way again. Clemantine summons us to follow her fierce and unrelenting example to try to help build the world we wish to see. ~ Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller and human rights advocate.  Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child.  At age twelve, she was granted refugee status in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University.  She lives in San Francisco.  Clemantine Wamariya's Co-Author Elizabeth Weil is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Outside Magazine, and writes frequently for Vogue and other publications.  She is the recipient of a New York Press Club Award for her feature reporting, a Lowell Thomas Award for her travel writing, and a GLAAD Award for her coverage of LGBT issues.  In addition, her work has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award, a James Beard Award, and a Dart Award for coverage of trauma.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder.  In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety--perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty.  They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.

When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged.  Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own.  She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale.  Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased.  She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old.

In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine Wamariya provokes us to look beyond the label of "victim" and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks.  Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms. 

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, May 02, 2018, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

EVENT FORMAT:  Clemantine Wamariya will be In Conversation about her New Hardcover written with Elizabeth Weil, Co-Author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE (ADMITS ONE):  $26.00 plus Sales Tax, Includes One Hardcover of The Girl Who Smiled Beads and One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders for signed books, regardless of destination.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover of The Girl Who Smiled Beads.

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