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How to Raise a Feminist Son: Sonora Jha in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Sonora Jha in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika for a celebration of How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family. A beautifully written and deeply personal story of struggling, failing, and eventually succeeding at raising a feminist son, this empowering book follows one mother's journey as a single immigrant woman of color in America. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here

From teaching consent to counteracting problematic messages from the media, well-meaning family, and the culture at large, the author offers much-needed insight and actionable advice.

Informed by Jha's work as a professor of journalism specializing in social justice movements and social media, as well as by conversations with psychologists, experts, other parents and boys--and through stories from her own life and wide-ranging research--How to Raise a Feminist Son shows us all how to be better feminists and better teachers of the next generation of men in this electrifying tour de force.

Includes chapter takeaways, and an annotated bibliography of reading and watching recommendations for adults and children.

Sonora Jha, PhD, is an essayist, novelist, researcher, and professor of journalism at Seattle University. She is the author of the novel Foreign, and her op-eds and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, The Establishment, DAME, and in several anthologies. She grew up in Mumbai and has been chief of metropolitan bureau for the Times of India and contributing editor for East magazine in Singapore. She teaches fiction and essay writing for Hugo House, Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat, and Seattle Public Library. 

Sarah Ladipo Manyika is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and founding books editor for Her debut novel, In Dependence, is an international bestseller while her second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, has been translated into a number of languages. Her nonfiction includes personal essays and intimate profiles of people she meets from Toni Morrison to Margaret Busby and Michelle Obama. Sarah currently serves as Board President for the women’s writing residency, Hedgebrook, and is creator and host of the Museum of the African Diaspora's conversations-across-the-diaspora. Sarah is a 2021 Audie finalist, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a San Francisco Public Library Laureate, and a member of the National Books Critics Circle.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

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How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632173645
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Published: Sasquatch Books - April 6th, 2021

"This book is a true love letter, not only to Jha's own son but also to all of our sons and to the parents--especially mothers--who raise them.”
—Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre

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ISBN: 9781911115779
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - October 1st, 2019

"A graceful and astonishing achievement." - Henry Louis Gates Jr. "In Dependence, is a riveting love story across the challenges of race, geography and scars of colonial history." - Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o "A beautiful and ambitious novel" - Bernardine Evaristo, author of Mr Loverman In the early sixties, Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University.

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ISBN: 9781911115045
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - April 11th, 2017

Dr. Morayo Da Silva is one of the most memorable characters you are likely to encounter on the page - intelligent, indomitable, author and survivor of a large life. In dreamlike prose, Manyika dips in and out of her present, her past, in a story that argues always for generosity, for connection, for a vigorous and joyful endurance.

Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Sonora Jha in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika for a celebration of How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family.