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Basu, Rekha B.

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Rekha Basu
Comments from the author about writing: I'm a newspaper columnist, and this book is a collection of columns I've written for The Des Moines Register on women standing up for a cause or getting a first-hand education on an issue. I use people's personal stories to extrapolate larger social messages. My columns are direct, pointed and opinionated. I write because of a passion for the issues I tackle, but also because writing is like breathing to me. I need to do it to live!

Literary awards received and date received:

  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell College
  • Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice
  • Woman of Influence Award from Des Moines Business Publication
  • Iowa Interfaith Alliance Award
  • Iowa Farmers Union Award
  • Master Columnist award from the Iowa Newspaper Association
  • Associated Press Managing Editors Award
  • United Nations Association Award
  • South Asian Journalists Association Award
  • Des Moines YWCA’s Mary Louise Smith Award for Racial Justice
  • Vivian Castleberry Award for journalism on women.
  • Voted best local commentator by readers in Des Moines CityView for 2012.

Book Types: Nonfiction

Audience Types: Young Adult, Adult

Genre: Essays

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Negotiable, depending on the type of institution and the nature of the program.

E-mail Address:  rbasu@dmreg.com

Mail Address:

c/o Des Moines Register
715 Locust St.
Des Moines IA 50309

Author's Web site: http://www.facebook.com/ColumnistRekha

County: Polk

Books By This Author

  • Finding her Voice: A compilation of Des Moines Register columns about women's struggles and triumphs in the Midwest. The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, 2012.


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