We are so very pleased to announce that Ken Wright at Viking has acquired a picture book autobiography by Dr. Tererai Trent, who was named as Oprah Winfrey's "all-time favorite guest" on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in May 2011. She was known there as "the woman who buried her dreams in a can," and her picture book, THE GIRL WHO BURIED HER DREAMS IN A CAN, will recount her inspiring story of growing up in poverty in Zimbabwe, where girls have few educational opportunities, through much adversity, to realizing her dreams to get an education in America and help other girls in Africa learn to read and write. It is slated to release in fall 2014.
Jan Spivey Gilchrist, illustrator or author-illustrator of over 70 books that have won numerous awards including a Coretta Scott King Medal for Illustration, a CSK Honor, and a People's Choice Award, will illustrate.
Some of the proceeds from publication of the book will benefit Tinogona, Dr. Trent's nonprofit foundation that seeks to increase educational opportunities for girls and women in Sub-Saharan Africa. With the help of Save the Children and Oprah Winfrey's $1.5 million donation, Tinogona's name (which translates as "it is achievable") is proving true.
Congratulations, Tererai and Jan!