I’m Your Neighbor Portland

I’m Your Neighbor Portland

iyn-design-revisedCurious City is launching an  “I’m Your Neighbor” Book Club  in Portland, Maine this summer at the Portland Public Library with support from the Maine Humanities Council. This is a city-wide summer reading series featuring nine books about new immigrants in Maine, including The Good Braider.  Even if you’re not in Maine, we invite you to join in the reading about books that are also about the changing face of the U.S.

Here are the books.

Here is the “I’m Your Neighbor” Readers Guide to The Good Braider.

OD Bonny Writes “A Girl From Juba”

OD Bonny Writes “A Girl From Juba”

South Sudanese American rapper OD Bonny opened our launch event for The Good Braider on a blustery night in Maine. Then he stunned us with a new song he has written to tell the story of Viola,  the heroine of the novel.  OD is still working on the song and is creating a book trailer with scenes from Juba and Portland.  Here’s a sneak preview of  OD singing A Girl From Juba.The cover song of his new album, Kwo I Lobo Tek  stays in my mind.  The Portland Phoenix called it “an infectious pop-hip-hop carousel ride.” “Kwo I Lobo Tek” is Acholi, meaning roughly,  life is a hard journey.  But the song feels like hope.

 

International Reading Association Conference – April 30, 2012

International Reading Association Conference – April 30, 2012

Anne Sibley O’Brien’s book about a family from Cambodia was just published by Charlesbridge. Annie, Kirsten Cappy, and I are presenting a symposium at the International Reading Association Conference in April. Our topic – New Neighbors: Using Children’s and YA Books as a Bridge Between Cultures. I have spent hours journeying through Annie’s blog: Coloring Between the Lines: Reflections on Race, Culture, and Children’s Books. Chicago, here we come!

Update!!  Here’s a link to a story about our presentation in Chicago and the back story to I’m Your Neighbor.  And here’s a link to  the I’m Your Neighbor blog.