September 22, 2015

Kris HollowayKris Holloway, author of Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, will read from her book and talk about her experience as a former Peace Corps volunteer on Thursday, September 24 at the University of Bridgeport.

Ms. Holloway’s presentation will be held at Mandeville Hall, Room 320, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

It is hosted by UB’s International Political Economy & Diplomacy Program and is open to the community.

Mango Rains tells the story of Monique Dembele, a wife, mother, midwife, and the first “feminist” in her small West African community, and of her friendship with Holloway. Entertainment Weekly selected Mango Rains for its EW Pick, calling it “as compelling as any novel.”

The Boston Globe said the book describes “a tenuous hold on life and health [that] is achingly real.” Noted critic and author Anne Fadiman also hailed the book, saying: “There have been many accounts, mostly by sociologists and anthropologists, of studying people from other cultures. But there have been few accounts of actually being friends with them. Anyone who is curious about what such a friendship feels like from the inside should read this respectful but intimate account of the bond between Kris Holloway and Monique Dembele.”

Ms. Holloway served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali from 1989 to 1991. She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the University of Michigan, where she focused her research on maternal and child health. She has used her background in writing, public health, and development to work on behalf of nonprofits and educational institutions, including the National Priorities Project, Greenbelt Movement International, Planned Parenthood, the University of Michigan, and Springfield College.

She currently serves as Director of Institutional Relations at the Center for International Studies in Northampton, MA, where she lives with her husband John Bidwell and their two sons.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,