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Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen

Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen

Driven by her family’s devastating losses, Congolese expatriate Francisca Thelin embarks on a perilous journey back to her beloved homeland, now under the shadow of one of Africa’s most feared militias—Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. With gunmen camped at the edge of town, Francisca is forced to face a paralyzing clash between her life in America and her family’s rapidly evaporating world—and the reality that their rush to her family’s aid may backfire.

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  A Thousand Sisters

A Thousand Sisters

In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa shares firsthand accounts of her experiences visiting the Congo, the women she’s helped, and the relationships she’s formed. With compelling stories of why she remains committed to this cause, Lisa inspires her audience to reach out and help as well, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.

Winner: 2010 Independent Publisher’s Group Gold Award for Best Current Events/ Foreign Affairs Book

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On A Thousand Sisters:

“I can’t imagine a more perfect book for arousing the power of American women (or women and men everywhere) to rush to the defense of our Congolese sisters. Lisa Shannon, runner extraordinaire, has with this forthright and readable book, crossed the finish line into the way of life the remainder of our time on this planet demands: she has entered the land of courage, compassion, and a fierce determination to stand by those who need us, where everyone understands they must be—our lives depend on it—a citizen of the world.” Alice Walker

Works in Progress

Lisa is currently co-authoring Yes, You! Everywoman’s Guide to Becoming a World Leader, based on interviews with hundreds of women change-makers from around the globe who began much like she did: without wealth, fame, or family connections.

Op-eds and Essays

“In Meeting With Somali President, Clinton Should Stand Up for Rape Victims” Jan 2013. http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/in-meeting-with-somali-president-clinton-should-stand-up-for-rape-victims/
“Kony’s Victims and the Kony 2012 Video”, March, 2012.
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/konys-victims-and-the-kony-2012-video/
“In Mogadishu: A Lifeline For Somali Rape Victims”, July 2011.
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/in-mogadishu-a-lifeline-for-somali-rape-victims/
Report from Dungu quoted in “American Lisa and Congolese Lisa,” Feb. 2010. http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/03/american-lisa-and-congolese-lisa/
The New York Times Room for Debate, “Translating Awareness Into Results”, March 2012.
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/09/kony-2012-and-the-potential-of-social-media-activism/translating-awareness-into-results
The Guardian’s Comment is Free, “The rape of Somalia’s women is being ignored,” Oct. 2011 http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/11/rape-somalia-women-famine
International Herald Tribune, “No, Sexual Violence Is Not ‘Cultural’,” June 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/opinion/26iht-edshannon.html

Lisa is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.