Ryan Gosling, John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, and Chouchou Namegabe sign at Strand Book Store on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM.
From the author of the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Not on Our Watch, John Prendergast co-writes a compelling 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 the last five centuries to build, develop, advance, and safeguard the United States and Europe. Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed 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.
Admission Options: Buy a copy of Congo Stories to have it signed. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
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 of dignity, 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 not only 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.
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.
John Prendergast is a New York Times bestselling author who founded and runs both the Enough Project and The Sentry.
Fidel Bafilemba is a Congolese field researcher who coordinates a civil society network called GATT-RN.
Ryan Gosling is an actor and filmmaker.
Chouchou Namegabe is an outspoken Congolese radio journalist and co-founder of the South Kivu Women’s Media Association (AFEM).
Please Note: Authors will not pose for photos. Photos from the signing line are allowed. Only books will be signed; no memorabilia. No personalizations or inscriptions.
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805