Atria Publishes the First and Exclusive Authorized Memoir of Mukhtar Mai, 'The Rosa Parks of Pakistan'
NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Atria Books has reached an agreement to acquire U.S. publication rights to the first authorized memoir of international icon Mukhtar Mai, by journalist Bronwyn Curran, who has exclusive permission by Mukhtar to tell her story. Atria Books acquired the U.S. rights from Hachette Livre Australia and plans to publish Mukhtar Mai: Into the Light in October 2006. The announcement was made by Atria Executive Vice President and Publisher Judith Curr. Atria Books editor Wendy Walker will work on the project with author Bronwyn Curran. The memoir will chronicle Mai's extraordinary life as she tells it, in her own words. Gang-raped by a tribal council in Pakistan to atone for an alleged crime committed by her brother, Mai took her rapists to court, and, in an unprecedented act, won their conviction and death sentence. Her story takes readers to the frontline of crimes against women and the battleground between moderate and extremist Islam. "My first priority after [the] experience was to educate the next generation, because if I had been educated, then that attack would never have happened," said Mai in an interview with Curran that ran in the AFP. Consequently, her actions to help future generations have been acclaimed around the world, and CNN deemed Mai "the Rosa Parks of Pakistan." Mukhtar Mai will visit the United States later this month, at which time she will receive a number of awards. In 2005, Mai was honored as one of Glamour Magazine's 'women of the year'. "We are delighted and honored to be publishing Mukhtar Mai's memoir. Her story is one of heroic inspiration in the face of horrifying adversity," said Judith Curr in a statement. "By using her compensation money to open a school in her village for young girls, Ms. Mai has become a great motivator for a new generation of women." Bronwyn Curran was the first foreign journalist to break Mai's story. At the time she was deputy bureau chief/news editor for Agence France Press, the third largest news agency in the world. Curran currently works for the United Nations as an international spokesperson for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections. This is her first book. Atria Books/Simon & Schuster owns first and second serial, book club and electronic rights. In 2005, Atria published 18 New York Times bestsellers, including Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult, Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston, Driven From Within by Michael Jordan, Afterburn by Zane, Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner, and Consent To Kill by Vince Flynn. Atria has now published 72 New York Times bestsellers in its short four year history. Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at http://www.simonsays.com
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