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.
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