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Mapping My Way Home by Staphanie Urdang > FEBRUARY 8

Brunswick Books and Type Books invite you to the launch of Stephanie Urdang's Mapping My Way Home

Stephanie Urdang was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Growing up in staunchly anti-apartheid family she learned to hate the apartheid from an early age. At twenty-three, no longer able to tolerate its grotesque iniquities, she chose self-exile and emigrated to the United States. From the perspective of an anti-apartheid activist, a feminist and journalist, she tracked and wrote about the slow, inexorable demise of apartheid, as well as the victory over Portuguese colonialism in Africa. She trekked through the liberated zones of Guinea-Bissau, returned repeatedly to newly independent Mozambique where she witnessed the impact of the conflict fomented by South Africa against its neighbour, and participated in the vibrant divestment movement in the United States. 


Urdang’s memoir maps out her quest for the meaning of home, as she grapples with the power of nostalgia, and for the lived reality of revolution with empathy, courage, and a keen eye for historical and geographic detail. This is a personal narrative, beautifully told, of a journey traveled by an indefatigable exile who, while yearning for home, continues to question where, as a citizen of both South Africa and the United States, she belongs.


Mapping My Way Home

Launch and Reading
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Thursday, February 8, 7-8:30 pm