The Weaver's Scar: For Our Rwanda with author Brian Crawford
Wednesday, December 9 | 4:00-5:00pm (PT)
Join us for a conversation with local author and teacher Brian Crawford to discuss his book aimed at young adults, The Weaver's Scar. The Weaver's Scar is a young adult novel of a Rwandan boy who manages to escape the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis and make it to America. It is a story that is both horrific and inspiring. Faustin is a normal schoolboy growing up and very good at running and soccer. But dark secrets of the past hang over his family, and his father disapproves of his friends and his football games. Things only start to make sense when the teachers at school begin to emphasize the division between the Tutsis and Hutus, a division that even makes its way to the soccer field. As the terrible events of the genocide unfold, Faustin discovers what caused his father’s disability, experiences the cruelty of his schoolteachers, and sees first-hand the horror of neighbor turning against neighbor. With his family slain, his only chance of survival lies in his running and sheer courage.
In his more than 20 years as a teacher, Brian Crawford has taught numerous works related to the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide. He has written extensively on both subjects (7 books and a curriculum guide), and he created a middle school cultural exchange between his former school and a secondary school in Nyamata, Rwanda. He has taken four student groups to Rwanda, and is working on developing a program for high schoolers who will travel to Rwanda to receive training in restorative justice. Brian currently teaches at a private school in Seattle.
Discussion led by Kate Boris-Brown, a connoisseur of books and history.
Purchase a copy of the book in paperback or as an ebook (through Apple Books) HERE. A teacher's guide is also available. Don't have time to read the book? Or maybe your copy won't arrive in time? Read a sample and join the discussion with the author.