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Award-Winning Author Kris Holloway-Bidwell to Discuss Memoir at Simon’s Rock College.


Great Barrington, MA — The Simon’s Rock College Women’s Center in partnership with the South Berkshire Social Justice Outreach Series, and UNIFEM is proud to host a conversation with award winning writer Kris Holloway- Bidwell about her experiences working as a Peace Corps volunteer. The presentation will include excerpts from Holloway’s award winning book Monique and The Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on Monday April 30th at 7pm in the Lecture Center at Simon’s Rock College.

Using letters, journals and her own personal experiences, Holloway shares the inspirational and true story of Monique Dembele, a brave midwife and her unquenchable passion for a better life in the face of poverty. Monique’s incredible story of life and her tragic death is told through the eyes of Holloway who worked side-by-side with her, birthing babies and caring for mothers in a remote and impoverished West African village.

The relationship that grew between Holloway and Dembele during Holloway’s two year term as a Peace Corps Volunteer became a decade long friendship that stretched across the globe. The vividness of Monique’s story unites her world with our own and opens up a powerful awareness for the potential of cross- cultural exchange.

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