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 […]

I’m Your Neighbor

I’M YOUR NEIGHBOR is the name of a website and a concept. Kirsten Cappy is the creator. Ann Sibley O’Brien and I  are on the I’m-Your-Neighbor team, and we’re  writers of books that Kirsten features on this new site which is about creating events around children’s and YA  […]

What Anahid and Sonia Did

I am terribly excited for this book that reviewers are beginning to respond to with admiration for the young protagonist.  (“This is a story of courage, not just Viola’s but all immigrants.”  from Finding Wonderland) More than one reviewer has said  that they never review a book before […]

“Dreaming Again” in New Hampshire

My novel, The Good Braider,  is based on dozens  of oral histories as well as much research about  Sudan.  I want to tell you about a play whose script  is created around oral histories  of immigrants. “Dreaming Again,” commissioned by the NH Humanities Council and written by Genevieve Aichele, […]

Peace Fountain

I have been fascinated with elephants since I found The White Bone in Nairobi, a novel by Barbara Gowdy.  It’s the story of  a family of elephants over generations imagined from the point of view of the elephants as they travel the terrain of their species. The story […]