Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads present John Prendergast & Fidel Bafilemba, with Ryan Gosling & Chou Chou Namegabe (Congolese journalist), discuss and sign Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed


@ West Hollywood Public Library, 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood

Featuring the life story of Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize 
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. 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.   

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. (Grand Central Publishing)

This event will take place at the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library.

All tickets (available on Eventbrite on 11/19/18 at noon) include one entry and one copy of Congo Stories to be received at check in. A book signing with our guests will follow the talk.

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Event date: 
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069