Daily Archives: February 1, 2009

February readergirlz: No Laughter Here


February’s featured title at readergirlz is No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia. This powerful, short novel tells the story of best friends Akilah and Victoria whose friendship changes forever after Victoria undergoes female circumcision one summer in Nigeria. If ever there was a book to inspire discussion and learning and activism, it’s this one. Rita Williams-Garcia handles this topic with remarkable sensitivity and honesty. It made me think and want to find out more about the practice of FGM (female genital mutilation).

So grab a copy of this book. It’s a short but intense read. Then, check out all of the things happening this month at readergirlz:

Visit the forum. Respond to the book. Reflect on the issues.

Read the roundtable discussion, where divas and postergirlz chat about this title. (Thanks Little Willow, roundtable mastermind!)

Watch this video to learn more about FGM in a community where it takes place.

Read the postergirlz suggested reads for the month, all about our theme, resilience:

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
Swollen by Melissa Lion
A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
Chandra’s Secrets by Allan Stratton

My Forbidden Face by Latifa

The live chat at the forum is on Thursday, February 12th at 6pm PST, 9pm EST. It’s going to be a thought-provoking month.