Posts Tagged "I’m Your Neighbor"

Welcoming New Americans

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Family & Friends | Comments Off on Welcoming New Americans

Welcoming New Americans

Our next-to-final event for I’m Your Neighbor, Portland was a reading, slide show and discussion of Maria Testa’s book, Something About America.  This isn’t supposed to happen in America. Inspired by actual events, this story starts ten years after the narrator’s family fled the fires of ethnic hatred in Kosova, Yugoslavia – long enough for the narrator to have transformed herself into a typical American schoolgirl. Her parents continue to feel like foreigners, and she grows impatient with what she perceives as their refusal to assimilate. Then an ugly incident in a nearby town...

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Ramadan Mubarak

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 in Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Events & Presentations , For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 1 comment

Ramadan Mubarak

Last night’s “I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” event was a rousing success. Over the course of the evening we had a steady stream of attendees for this Ramadan celebration and community education gathering. Two books were featured, Out of Nowhere, a young-adult novel by Maria Padian, and Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle, written by Reza Jalali and illustrated by me. There was henna painting…   a talk about Islam in Maine by Reza Jalali and a panel about the cross-cultural collaborations that created the two books, moderated by Pious Ali …...

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“I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” Launches!

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations , For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | Comments Off on “I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” Launches!

“I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” Launches!

 I’m Your Neighbor, Portland and the Portland Public Library invite you to the Launch Event of a year-long community-wide read of books set in Maine’s “new arrival” communities. Date: Saturday, May 25th, 2013 Time: 3:00-6:00 PM Location: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine The Featured Books by Maine authors and illustrators tell the stories of people who have come to Maine from all over the world in the last several decades and in doing so transformed the city of Portland into a vibrantly multiracial and multicultural community. (The collection...

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Recognizing Ourselves

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Race & Culture | Comments Off on Recognizing Ourselves

Recognizing Ourselves

Here’s a beautiful quote from a poet about seeing ourselves in each other, through reading: “Readers don’t want the differences to estrange them — for all their curiosity, they actually want the differences to disappear. They want to recognize themselves. This is all part of the larger paradox of fiction, where the characters must be specific enough to be anyone. In the end, the packaging may simply serve as an introduction. The true meeting takes place when the book opens, and a stranger reads about — and comprehends — a stranger.”  –Amit Majmudar, a poet and diagnostic nuclear...

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Bk: Path of Stars, Diverse & Global Books, Immigration | 2 comments

Welcoming New Neighbors

Woke up this morning excited about a project I’m helping to develop: “I’m Your Neighbor: Reading Projects that Build Bridges Between New Arrivals and Longterm Communities.” I’m Your Neighbor is a project which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving list of engagement projects for educators, librarians, and community organizations who seek to build bridges. The goal of the...

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