Documentary photographer Ryan Spencer Reed shot 56,000 photos in Sudan, South Sudan and Chad. An exhibition of his work, Sudan: the Cost of Silence, has been touring communities and universities across the country. I contacted him as I was creating a presentation, “Children of War”, to ask […]
(c) Paul Winter, in Kakuma Refugee Camp The site AllAfrica.com reports that the government of Kenya intends to close refugee camps within its borders. The largest camps are Kakuma, where I traveled in January this year, and Dadaab, and they house nearly 600,000 people, according to the article […]
Recorded Books will release The Good Braider read by Cherise Boothe in winter 2014. I know this audio version can be a boon for English language learners, enabling readers to read and listen simultaneously.
I met students at Oxford Hills High School in Maine in a program sponsored by the Norway Memorial Library. This student came to talk to me after my presentation about the young girl from Sudan who is the hero of my novel. I had talked to the students […]
David Vilandre invited me to one of the finest community colleges in Massachusetts, Mount Wachusett in central Massachusetts. Students in his children’s literature class read The Good Braider and we had one of the most interesting discussions about the book that I have had. We talked about the […]
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 […]
LitWorld is celebrating Stand Up for Girls day on October 11. LitWorld invites you to celebrate too by contributing a story to the site about a girl or woman who inspires you.
South Sudanese musician OD wrote a song “A Girl from Juba” and produced a music video in honor of Viola in The Good Braider. This week he and film maker Fred Ben launched the video. Thank you OD and the cast of this original, wonderful creation. Soon I’ll […]
45 million people became displaced from their homes in 2012, Sasha Chanoff, director of Refuge Point, said on the radio show, “Here and Now.” “More than half of the refugees worldwide came from five countries, according to the UN: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.” A striking comment […]
Curious City has created a brand new Reader’s Guide to The Good Braider for the I‘m Your Neighbor book club happening in Portland, Maine this summer. For the pdf of the Reader’s Guide, click here. The Guide and the series of discussions invites readers to reflect not only […]