Literacy and Special Recognition Award. Thank you, NERA

I am deeply honored to receive  the Literacy and Special Recognition Award from the New England Reading Association. Thank you NERA!  I selected the cross-cultural literacy organization, I’m Your Neighbor, to receive NERA’s donation in honor of this award.

NERA Announcement:

At our 2016 conference NERA recognized Terry Farish for her inspiring work as an author and her continued dedication to promoting literacy for special populations of immigrants coming to our country in hopes of finding promise and possibility in their new home. Terry Farish has a passion for writing about immigrants and refugees who are our new neighbors in the U.S. Terry has been writing novels and nonfiction about refugees and immigrants for many years, informed by her early work for the Red Cross in Vietnam.

thegoodbraider_coverThe Good Braider is her free verse novel about 17-year old Viola and her family’s journey from Sudan to Portland, Maine. The novel was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association and School Library Journal. Terry also authored Either the Beginning or the End of the World, the story of a Cambodian-American girl who journeys into her family’s heritage when she falls in love with a soldier. She has written several picture books. NERA feels Terry’s work is an inspiring example of literacy’s power, promise, and possibility.

So Many Books So Little Time Interview



Sophia Sturtuvant of Portland, Maine did a beautiful reading from Either the Beginning or the End of the World as part of the PPM-TV production and broadcast of a discussion of the novel. Sherry Evans (pictured below) hosted the show and the wonderful and engaged audience joined Sherry and me as we explored the novel. Thank you everyone at the Portsmouth Public Library for welcoming us to do the show there.  You’ll see us all and Sophia’s reading in the video: