Bikes Not Burqas—one of our author’s goes global

10277705_10203392482633725_390935059969731290_nI am the lucky agent for Shannon Galpin, and this piece is really exciting! Her book comes out September 16, 2014, but you can see it here and order from your indie bookstore in advance!

Read on, sign on to her newsletter, follow, and help us spread the word…. Thanks, as always for your support! I am so lucky to write and publish and be a literary agent and a book publicist. A quote from Shannon: “Several years ago my family gave me the silver ring that has become my talisman. The inscription by Longfellow reads, ‘the lowest ebb is at the turn of the tide.’ They gave it to me to remind me to be strong, follow my heart and believe that the tide would one day turn.”

Keep an ear out for the NPR piece about the national women’s cycling team that will be out this Friday!

Here are some photos from this week—so inspiring and we are hoping for a film about her to come out, too.

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Mountain2Mountain: Field Notes

“It’s time to stop referring to Afghan women as weak, as helpless.  Its time to refer to Afghan women as strong, catalysts for change.  How can we expect Afghan women to fight if we continue to label them as victims?” 

I said these words at my first TEDx talk two years ago – 9 months before I first met the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team.  I had been working in Afghanistan and was enraged by the way we continue to look at Afghan women, and women like them around the world, as helpless victims that are in need of the West’s support.  These are not victims, although they may be victimized.  These are women of strength and resiliency that need tools, encouragements, and the outlets to use their voice.  2  1/2 years later, the young women I work with in Afghanistan show me every day they are not helpless, they are…

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