Book details

Publication date: October 2015
Features: 29 B&W photographs, map, notes, index
Series: Wayfarer
Keywords: Education; girls; Women’s Studies; international; development; Africa; memoir; uplifting; resilience; rural
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Travel Literature, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Literary Nonfiction, Area Studies, Area Studies / African Studies, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Auto/biography & Memoir, Women’s Studies/International Education/Development, Biography, Education, Women's Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, EDUCATION / Rural, Gender studies: women & girls, Education; girls; Women’s Studies; international; development; Africa; memoir; uplifting; resilience; rural, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing & Emerging Countries, HISTORY / Africa / South / General, Travel
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Roberta Laurie. Roberta Laurie completed her master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University. She is an instructor in the Bachelor of Communication Studies program at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

#1 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list (Edmonton Nonfiction) for the week of November 27, 2015 The Edmonton Journal

The Edmonton Journal

"Roberta Laurie, a former Rotarian, has written a book that is both heart warming and sobering. On the one hand, we read about young women experiencing life changing educational success. On the other hand, we read about the challenges girls and women experience in rural Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.... [The book] portrays the development of a courageous, visionary leader.... In addition, the book is rich with the history, culture, geography, and politics of Malawi. This material is deftly presented as the context for the development of [the school].... The emphasis on the stories of Memory, Christie, and the students move the narrative forward and capture and hold readers’ interest." [Full article at]

Dean Wood, ClubRunner

"Most everyone has a place that inspires reflection and contentment: a Paris café, a salmon run on the Miramichi River, your grandmother’s kitchen table. Roberta Laurie is an Alberta Rotarian who finds her place at a Malawian school for girls. The result is intriguing and joyful. "Weaving A Malawi Sunrise" never patronizes. Laurie is a delightful writer.... "Weaving A Malawi Sunrise" is kind and eloquent, by turn angry and evocative..." [Full article at]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter

"...very highly recommended for academic library Contemporary African Studies reference collections..."

Julie Summers, Reviewer's Bookwatch

#5 on the Edmonton Journal's Non-fiction Bestsellers list for the week ofJune 03, 2016.

The Edmonton Journal

"Laurie's moving book about gender and education in Malawi chronicles the construction of a girls’ school through the heroic efforts of educator Memory Chazeza and her Canadian collaborators (including the author). The book’s chapters alternate between stories of women the author met in Malawi while working alongside Chazeza, vignettes from Chazeza’s life, and essential sociopolitical context about Malawi. With a gripping narrative and touching personal stories, the book is very accessible... Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates." [Full review at]

C. Pinto, Choice Magazine

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards / Foreword Reviews, United States

1 | The Dream Becomes Reality
2 | The Warm Heart of Africa
3 | Education for All
4 | You Should Work Hard in School
5 | I Should Be Buried
6 | What It Means To Be an Orphan
7 | Life in the Village
8 | Canadians Educating African Girls
9 | A Trip to the Lake
10 | The CEAG Girls
11 | Growing Up
12 | Quietly, Malawi Begins to Starve
13 | A Global Perspective
14 | The Dream Takes Shape
15 | Atsikana Pa Ulendo
16 | A Moral Universe


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