When you’re sitting at a cafe reading a book called A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil, people tend to get curious. In response to the side-eye, I often found myself describing it as probably the only book you’ll ever read about mass atrocities that has you busting up laughing. At that … Continue reading Finding Humor in Unspeakable Evil (The Mantle)
Here is a great interview I conducted last fall with activist and advocate Betsy Kawamura, founder of the non-profit Women4NonViolence in Peace+Conflict Zones. Ms. Kawamura has spent more than fifteen years working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly women who have fled the violent regime in North Korea and are now living as … Continue reading From North Korea to Japan: Empowering Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
I wrote a guest post for the Stop Genocide Now blog this past week on the call for Darfuri refugees living along the Chad/Darfur border to voluntarily repatriate themselves. Click here to read more.
Wanted by the I.C.C. on charges of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, Bashir has been flouting international law for years. With his continued travel - particularly the trip to South Africa - he has boldly told the world he does not recognize the authority of the Court, nor the laws it is tasked with upholding. Read … Continue reading What Happens When a Wanted War Criminal Visits New York City? (The Mantle)
For those of you not on The Mantle's mailing list (why aren't you on our mailing list?), a big announcement was made today. I am moving on from my role as International Affairs Editor and officially taking over as Managing Editor. Click here to read more about this exciting news, and don't forget to check … Continue reading Exciting Announcement over at The Mantle!
Happy Saturday, friends! Thought I'd take a moment and give you a little glimpse into what a day in the life looks like when you're attempting to write your first book. Spoiler: it's not exactly what you'd think! Here is what I've learned thus far: the beginning stages of book writing involve far less writing and … Continue reading Glorious day for organizing and planning!
A lucky few writers, who get so much publicity that they can take it or leave it, have made second careers of trashing the medium and any writer who uses it. This speech is for the rest of us. This pretty much sums up the premise of PEN American Center's DIY eventwith author Jennifer Weiner, … Continue reading Jennifer Weiner, Social Media and the Gender Gap in Publishing (The Mantle)
Last week, I announced the launch of this fancy new website, as well as my big new book project. This week, I'm plugging away reading articles, making lists, rethinking how I've laid out my writing schedule, and pondering how I am going to create just the right voice for this book. This, by the way, … Continue reading Printer Wars and Book Funding Ideas
Hello Friends ~ I have two big announcements to share with you today. I’m just going to throw them at you right up front here before I get nervous and change my mind... First, I’m writing a book! Phew! I said it. I’m writing a book. It’s a funny thing, letting people in on your … Continue reading Drum roll, please….
Nestled along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, the picturesque views of Libya’s shores stand in stark contrast to the ongoing violence in its cities. Four years after the ousting of violent dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the country continues to battle for stability. Far from the democracy many hoped it would become, the country is in … Continue reading And Then Everyone Remembered Libya (The Mantle)