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MM: How do you choose the women
you talk to on The Women’s Eye?
PB: It all began because I was just notic-
ing how many stories about women who
are making change weren’t being told.
We look for women who are really making a difference in some interesting way.
We get suggestions. I had a woman get in
touch with me, a reporter from northern
Pakistan, who said, “Our stories aren’t
being told. Can I do some interviewing
for you?” We had a reporter who was in
the Congo who was very interested in the
issue of sexual violence and suggested we
do Maman Nzoli. She’s in the book. Nzoli
has a group called Coperma, where she
goes out into the very dangerous sections
of the Congo and brings women back for
medical treatment, and women who are
being harassed, women who are going
through a lot of brutality there.
MM: Tell me about a woman from the
Bay Area who is making a change.
PB: Donice Sandoval is an example of
someone who took a very complex issue,
homelessness in San Francisco, and
decided that she was going to penetrate
the problem somehow. As with many of
our women, there was kind of a flash point
for her. She saw a woman sitting on the
side of a sidewalk in San Francisco. She
was filthy dirty. Then [Sandoval] started
to notice that there was a huge problem.
And she just delved into it. She found that
there were 7,000 homeless; half of them
didn’t have showers. Now, all these years
later, she has two mobile buses that have
been retrofitted into portable showers
for the homeless. She’s representative of
women who find a solution and keep working on it, even though it’s very difficult.
MM: What’s something overarching
you’ve learned from the women you’ve
PB: I learned how to solve problems.
Really. And not to give up on problems.
I think that if these women, these
ordinary women, can do it, there’s a
possibility for anyone to. It’s not easy.
You have to have the passion. You have
to have the endurance. You have to have
the resiliency. But it is possible, if you
want to take on an issue that’s really
important. CALIN VAN PARIS
Author Talk 20 Women Changemakers by Pamela Burke
(Tiburon), Women’s Eye, $16. This collection
of interviews co-edited by veteran broadcast
producers and journalists Pamela Burke and
Patricia Caso spotlights dynamic women tak-
ing action to make the world a better place.
These collected stories convey the global
force that women embody as they step up to create change.
Producers of The Women’s Eye appearing at Book Passage
Corte Madera October 7, 7 p.m.
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
(Sausalito), Atria Books, $28. New York Times
best-selling author Isabel Allende offers
a sweeping novel about three very dif-
ferent people who are brought together,
a mesmerizing tale that journeys from
present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the
recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. The novel begins with
a minor traffic accident, which becomes the catalyst for an
unexpected and moving story of love between two people
who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives.
Appearing at Book Passage Corte Madera October 31, 12 p.m.
Wonder Girls: Changing Our World by
Paola Gianturco and Alex Sangster (Mill
Valley), powerHouse Books, $49.95. Wonder
Girls is a call to action to help girls accom-
plish important work. Paola Gianturco
and her 11-year-old granddaughter, Alex
Sangster, documented the work of 15 girl-
led nonprofit groups in 13 countries in Asia and Central Asia,
North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania.
Appearing at Book Passage Corte Madera October 21, 4 p.m.
Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan
(Sausalito), Ecco Press, $28.99. In Where the
Past Begins, best-selling author Amy Tan
delves into vivid memories of her traumatic
childhood — confessions of self-doubt in
her journals and heartbreaking letters to
and from her mother, offering evidence that
made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become
a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, Tan shows how
a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten
memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels.
Appearing at Dominican University October 23, 7 p.m.
Local Page Turners
Reviews by Book Passage Marketing Manager Zack Ruskin.
We sat down with
Pamela Burke of radio
program The Women’s
Eye to discuss her
new book, 20 Women
Action Around the
World, a collection of
from the show.