Undaunted, which focuses on Jonestown and Congresswoman Speier’s
personal and professional tragedies and triumphs and forceful advocacy
for women’s rights, will be released November 2018, 40 years after the
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 23, 2018--
(NASDAQ:AMZN)— Little A, the literary fiction and nonfiction imprint of
Amazon Publishing, announced today U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s
forthcoming memoir Undaunted:
Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. The
book was acquired by Little A editor Laura Van der Veer and will be
released on November 6, 2018. Congresswoman Speier is represented by
Emma Parry of Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
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“I’ve faced personal and professional adversity that could have ended my
career and even my life. Instead I made the decision to turn these
tragedies into triumphs. My strength has always come from family, faith
and friends,” said Congresswoman Speier.
In 1978, 28-year-old Jackie Speier was a Congressional legal advisor and
was part of the fateful delegation to investigate cult leader Jim Jones
and the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. As the delegation was
helping victims escape, Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range.
Her harrowing recovery inspired her to trailblaze a path working in the
public service, eventually winning her own Congressional seat in 2008. A
passionate champion for women’s and children’s rights, Speier was the
first member of Congress to advocate for reforms to end the epidemic of
sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, earning her a
spot on Newsweek’s list of 150 “Fearless Women” in the world. In
November 2017, Congresswoman Speier co-authored the ME TOO Congress Act
to overhaul how sexual harassment and assault are reported and mediated
on Capitol Hill. Undaunted shares the personal struggles—as a
widow, a mother, and an outspoken victim of gun violence—that have
shaped Congresswoman Speier’s unwavering dedication to her constituents
and to fighting waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said of Undaunted,
“Jackie Speier embodies courage in every sense of the word. No matter
the challenges that lay before her, she has never stopped putting her
country and her constituents first. Jackie’s story of survival, hard
work, and public service will be an inspiration for all who read it.”
Congresswoman Speier will be featured in a new 2-part docu-series,
“Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle,” to air November 17 and 18, 2018 on
Sundance TV. The docu-series was executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio
and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way, Road to Jonestown author
Jeff Guinn, and Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment.
Congresswoman Speier was also featured in a Dateline special and an
upcoming ABC 2-hour special on Jonestown, which will air in September.
“With Little A, our mission is to publish books that drive conversations
about our culture and the world we live in today,” said Mikyla Bruder,
Publisher of Amazon Publishing. “We are seeing so much news about women
entering politics for the first time in 2018. Congresswoman Jackie
Speier’s incredible story offers the rare perspective of a female
politician who’s been legislating for four decades. That the
congresswoman is also a survivor of an internationally notorious
civilian massacre makes her memoir that much more extraordinary.”
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