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Reading: Radhika Natarajan: Hear Our Voices
Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Radhika Natarajan for an in-store reading from her Middle Grade book Hear Our Voices: A Powerful Retelling of the British Empire through 20 True Stories.
About Hear Our Voices:
This compelling and important history of the British Empire, told from the perspective of 20 people who lived through it, tells the story of one of the largest and most powerful empires in human history. At one time, the British Empire ruled over almost a quarter of the world’s population. Men, women and children from all walks of life and from across the globe were affected in big and small ways, from the clothes they wore, the food they ate and the languages they spoke to the work they did and the rights they held. This legacy and impact is still evident all over the world today. This book shines a light on the human aspects of the 'Empire where the sun never sets', introducing readers to a host of figures, both powerful and modest, who lived through, challenged, and influenced the course of the British Empire. These engaging true stories of resistance, community, struggle and hope will spark conversations, foster a broader, decolonized understanding of the reaches and impacts of colonialism and ultimately leave readers inspired. After all, understanding our past and its echoes in our lives today is a step towards a better future.
Radhika Natarajan is Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her research focuses on the intertwined histories of decolonization, the welfare state, and citizenship in the British imperial world.