women’s rights

Charlotte S. Gray, the author of “Fatima’s Room” (June 2017, Arc Light Books), was in Sudan teaching girls from 1991-1993. This was a period in that country’s history leading up to civil war. Sudanese optimism of post-colonial rule was giving way to religious extremism. And it’s a setting that inspired “Fatima’s Room,” Gray’s first work of…

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Cover of "Fatima's Room" by Charlotte S. Gray. Cover of "Fatima's Room" by Charlotte S. Gray.

“Fatima’s Room,” by Charlotte S. Gray, is about a Sudanese girl’s fight for her life. Set in Sudan, the book opens with Fatima being accused of killing her father. She’s held in a room inside her favorite uncle’s house while her family decides her fate. Enter to win a copy of “Fatima’s Room” by publishing the…

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Passage from Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street" reading, "Sure, religion is a fine influence—got to have it to keep the lower classes in order." Passage from Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street" reading, "Sure, religion is a fine influence—got to have it to keep the lower classes in order."

What’s surprising about Sinclair Lewis’s “Main Street” is how little has changed in the 97 years since the book was published. We’ve fought wars, made our phones into computers, and still, the struggles of America in the 1910s and America in the 2010s are fairly similar. Yes, “Main Street” is a small town story, but…

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