I’m Your Neighbor, Portland

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STORIES build understanding. UNDERSTANDING builds neighborhoods. NEIGHBORHOODS build a strong city. I’m Your Neighbor is currently piloting a community-wide read in the city of Portland, Maine. I’m Your Neighbor, Portland features nine books, both fiction and non-fiction, set in Maine and written by regional authors.  The collection of books feature multicultural friendships and immigration stories… Read more »

Maine’s New Arrivals Featured in 7 Books

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Maine authors, illustrators, and publishers have opened their notebooks, sketchbooks, and curiosity to the arrival of “new neighbors.”  Seven books have been released in the past few years depicting the growing cultural diversity of “the whitest state in the nation” through the arrival of students, business people, refugees, and secondary migrants from all over the… Read more »

The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

You are Invited to a Celebration for: THE GOOD BRAIDER A Novel by Terry Farish Set in Portland’s Sudanese Community Thursday, 11/8/12 @ 7:00 PM 7th Floor, Glickman Library University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine Free of Charge Info: Curious City, 207-420-1126 ABOUT THE BOOK “A masterful triumph of character and story.” -Naomi Shihab Nye In spare… Read more »

Author Profile: Maria Padian

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We couldn’t quite wait until February to share Maria Padian’s latest book Out of Nowhere, which follows high school senior Tom Bouchard and the events that impact the Somali refugees his small Maine town after 9/11. Although you can’t find it on bookshelves just yet, hopefully this view into Maria’s inspiration for her title will… Read more »

Author Profile: Randa Abdel-Fattah

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One of our favorite authors here at I’m Your Neighbor is Randa Abdel-Fattah. Her books Does My Head Look Big In This? and Ten Things I Hate About Me give terrific insight to the lives of teenage girls growing up Muslim in a Western society. Her characters face challenges as they try to balance their… Read more »

“I’m Your Neighbor” Supported by Wheaton College Intern Program

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Delanie “Lanie” Honda, an English Major at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, will join the I’m Your Neighbor project as a summer intern.  Selected by Wheaton as a Merit Scholar, Lanie’s contribution to this project is fully supported by the college. Lanie, who hopes to pursue a career in publishing, has already served the written… Read more »

Meeting “New Neighbors” at IRA

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Author and N.H. Humanities Council Connections Program Director, Terry Farish, children’s book author/illustrator and educator, Anne Sibley O’Brien, and children’s book engagement consultant, Kirsten Cappy of Curious City gave a symposium at the International Reading Association Annual Convention on New Neighbors: Using Children’s Books to Build Bridges Between New Arrivals and Long-term Communities highlighting the… Read more »

Portland, Maine’s Sudanese Community Featured in New Novel for Teens

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“This is a story of courage – not just Viola’s, but of all immigrants.”  —Finding Wonderland Author Terry Farish has just released The Good Braider, a young adult novel woven from her relationships with the Sudanese community in Portland, Maine, but also from her work with refugees and immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and other countries… Read more »

Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

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This weekend, Cambodians Americans in Maine and Cambodians around the world, celebrate the New Year. In celebration of that holiday, third and forth graders from Canal School in Westbrook, Maine joined Peaks Island, Maine author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien to listen to a reading from O’Brien’s book about Cambodians Americans, A Path of Stars. Together they… Read more »

Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey

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“Veasna remembered her own escape from the war, lost in a bamboo forest, fearing wolves and other wild animals, saying to herself, ‘I’m going to die here.’” Children’s author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien was featured on the International Reading Association’s ENGAGE Teacher to Teacher blog telling how her community relationships fed the creation of the children’s… Read more »