ASSOCIATED PRESS: ACTOR RYAN GOSLING URGES EQUITABLE TRADE IN CONGO MINERALS

As tensions build in Congo over the delay in announcing the election results, actor Ryan Gosling urged equitable trade in the country’s strategic minerals. Gosling collaborated on a book about the Central African country with activists and experts on Congo...

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“Congo Stories” on C-SPAN BOOK TV

Watch John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Chou Chou Namegabe, and Ryan Gosling discuss the exploitation of the Democratic Republic of Congo by the U.S. and other global powers over the past 500 years.

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Une version française de CongoStories.org arrivera bientôt!

A French version of CongoStories.org is coming soon!

CNN Interview: John Prendergast

John Prendergast sits down with Paula Newton on CNN to discuss his new book with Fidel Bafilemba “Congo Stories,” and how Congo is changing after a long history of corruption and exploitation.

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Reviews

New York Journal of Books Spotlights “Congo Stories”

Author, filmmaker, and veteran foreign affairs columnist Jonathan Power spotlights "Congo Stories" as he looks at the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled history in the aftermath of an historic election.

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Publisher’s Weekly highlights “Congo Stories”

"Idealists and activists new to the D.R.C. will find this call to arms illuminating."

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“CONGO STORIES” ON GOODREADS

Explore reader comments and ratings on Congo Stories' Goodreads page.

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“CONGO STORIES” NAMED AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH

“Congo Stories” has been named an Editor’s Pick on Amazon for the Best Books of December 2018, in three categories: Nonfiction, Biography/Memoir, and History.

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Kirkus Review: “Eye-opening reportage”

Eye-opening reportage from an African nation that has been robbed and despoiled for centuries–but that is now finding paths of resistance. No thoughtful reader of this book will look at his or her computer or cellphone the same way again.

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News & OP-EDS

Associated Press: Actor Ryan Gosling urges equitable trade in Congo minerals

As tensions build in Congo over the delay in announcing the election results, actor Ryan Gosling urged equitable trade in the country’s strategic minerals. Gosling collaborated on a book about the Central African country with activists and experts on Congo...

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C-SPAN Book TV

John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Chou Chou Namegabe, and Ryan Gosling talked about the exploitation of the Democratic Republic of Congo by the U.S. and other global powers over the past 500 years.

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Resource Clips: The Congo’s increasing instability heightens critical minerals concern

Published just weeks before the election, Congo Stories by John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba relates a harrowing story of a country the size of Western Europe that’s fabulously rich in minerals but desperately poor thanks to home-grown kleptocracies and foreign opportunists.

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SLATE: John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba discuss their new book, with guests Ryan Gosling and Chouchou Namegabe

On this episode of Live at Politics and Prose, John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba discuss their book Congo Stories, with actor Ryan Gosling, who provided photography, and journalist Chouchou Namegabe.

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“Congo Stories” book talk with John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Chouchou Namegabe, and Ryan Gosling

December 13, 2018 - Fidel Bafilemba, John Prendergast, Ryan Gosling and Chouchou Namegabe discussed “Congo Stories” at George Washington University's Betts Theatre at a special event presented by Politics and Prose.

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Paris Match: La photographie, l’autre talent de Ryan Gosling

On le connaît plus pour ses rôles à succès dans La La Land ou plus récemment First Man, mais Ryan Gosling a une autre passion, la photographie, dont est né un livre sur la République démocratique du Congo. L’acteur canadien de 38 ans connaît bien l’Afrique : cela fait une dizaine d’années...

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Livres Hebdo: Ryan Gosling photographe pour un livre sur le Congo

Un beau-livre visant à en finir avec les exactions et violences en République démocratique du Congo vient de paraître aux Etats-Unis, avec des photographies de l'acteur Ryan Gosling et une postface de Dave Eggers.

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Washington Post: Ryan Gosling comes to D.C. to promote one of his many roles: Humanitarian

“I didn’t know what this would become,” Ryan Gosling told the audience at George Washington University on Thursday night. “But there was this expectation that we would share these pictures and tell these stories and pass that on.”

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AFP: Gosling goes behind the camera for DR Congo book

Actor Ryan Gosling is best known for films as diverse as "La La Land" and "First Man" but he recently moved behind the lens for a passion project -- taking photos in the crisis-hit Democratic Republic of Congo...

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Metro UK: Ryan Gosling shares ‘harrowing’ experience of meeting Congolese rape victim and it’s heartbreaking

Swapping Hollywood for philanthropy, the La La Land actor has taken part in the release of a new book, Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed, which depicts the nation’s turbulent history through words and compelling photos.

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GW Hatchet: Ryan Gosling, authors discuss new book on exploitation in the Congo

Actor Ryan Gosling and three other contributors to a new nonfiction book about exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo spoke at Betts Theatre Thursday about implementing positive change in the country.

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VOA Afrique : Le Monde Aujourd’hui

Fidel Bafilemba sur Voice of America Afrique Le Monde Aujourd’hui.

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Hollywood Reporter: Ryan Gosling Talks Congo Visit at Los Angeles Book Panel

At a special literary presentation in the West Hollywood Public Library on Monday night hosted by Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads, a panel consisting of actor Ryan Gosling and activists John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba and Chouchou Namegabe discussed the new book Congo Stories

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Daily Bruin: Ryan Gosling joins panel discussion on Congolese resistance to Western exploitation

Actor and now photographer Gosling was joined by co-authors John Prendergest and Fidel Bafilemba and afterward author Chouchou Namegabe for a panel discussion hosted Monday afternoon at the Fowler Museum. Their book highlights five centuries of exploitation and resistance...

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UCLA Newsroom: Ryan Gosling visits UCLA to shed light on human rights struggle in Congo

Ryan Gosling shared his personal experiences from the front lines of Congo’s struggle for human rights in a discussion at UCLA on Dec. 10.

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EcoWatch: Otters, Polar Bears and Abraham Lincoln: The Best New Environmental Books of December

The story of the Democratic Republic of Congo is, all too often, a story of exploitation of people and natural resources by international...

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CNN INTERVIEW: JOHN PRENDERGAST

John Prendergast sits down with Paula Newton on CNN to discuss his new book with Fidel Bafilemba “Congo Stories,” and how Congo is changing after a long history of corruption and exploitation.

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Events

December 7, 2018

SF BAY AREA: DAVE EGGERS, FIDEL BAFILEMBA, CHOUCHOU NAMEGABE, JOHN PRENDERGAST

Moderated by Dave Eggers, a discussion of “Congo Stories” with Fidel Bafilemba, Chouchou Namegabe, and John Prendergast. 7pm, Book Passages, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA

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December 10, 2018

L.A.: FIDEL BAFILEMBA, RYAN GOSLING, CHOUCHOU NAMEGABE, JOHN PRENDERGAST

Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads present John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba with Ryan Gosling and Chouchou Namegabe, to discuss and sign “Congo Stories” at 7pm, West Hollywood Public Library.

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December 13, 2018

DC: John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Chouchou Namegabe, and Ryan Gosling

John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling and Chouchou Namegabe discussed and signed copies of “Congo Stories” at George Washington University's Betts Theatre at a special event presented by Politics and Prose.

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December 14, 2018

NYC: CONGO STORIES SIGNING W/ JOHN PRENDERGAST, FIDEL BAFILEMBA, RYAN GOSLING, & CHOUCHOU NAMEGABE

Join John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling, and Chouchou Namegabe for a signing of their important new work. The signing will take place from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Strand Bookstore Rare Book Room.

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Press Releases

CONGO STORIES: A HISTORY OF EXPLOITATION, STORIES OF HEROISM

The new book "CONGO STORIES: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed," coauthored by Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast and Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba, featuring photographs by Ryan Gosling, arrives at a critical moment...

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