Category: High school students

taking the story to Bangor

I was invited to Bangor High School to do my sound slide show and reading called “Children of War.” I found myself in a fascinating city way up north on the Penobscot River,  the former “lumber capital of the world.”  The three log-drivers in the statue called “The […]

I’M YOUR NEIGHBOR book club celebrating Maine’s new-arrival communities launches at the Portland Public Library

Portland, Maine celebrates nine books set in Maine’s “new arrival” communities with a 2013 city-wide read. Writers include South Sudanese memoirist, Aruna Kenyi in The Telling’s Room’s anthology I REMEMBER WARM RAIN.  High school students who are named by the NAACP as Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows introduced each […]

International Education

A teacher in my workshop at the Mass. Reading Association conference talked about the challenge of connecting her students to stories and people of other cultures.  Why are you always making us read these books? they asked her, about people outside the U.S.  There are a million ways […]

Muslim Journeys

Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys is a new reading list created by the NEH in collaboration with the American Library Association.  This is a reading list for general readers and is a good resource for high school and college students.  It includes House of Stone by Anthony Shadid, […]


Okay, Tom and the teachers at Portland High, this is for you.  I joined the teachers for their Book Club in which they’d read THE GOOD BRAIDER.  We talked about many themes in the book. Then English teacher Tom Talarico had the idea that if he used the […]