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Writers Against Racism: Tell Me A Story

Happy Easter to those celebrating Easter on this beautiful Sunday. My parish church held its annual Easter Vigil last night.  The lights were dimmed during  most of the mass which always makes me slightly uncomfortable. After the gospel reading, the deacon shared the story of 60-Minutes creator, Don Hewitt, and told the congregation Don’s response when asked what made 60-Minutes […]

Writers Against Racism: The Teaching Landscape With Sharon G. Flake

Advice to prospective teachers from Sharon G. Flake: “Every community has its own way of speaking.”  (Yet we judge. We judge. We judge, and students know when teachers are judging them. “Young children will read. Just give them the right books.” “Different doesn’t make it wrong.” “Leave your stereotypes at the side of the road. […]



Here’s a great opportunity for teachers to use both video and websites in the classroom.  On Tuesdays, April 19-May 10, 2011, 8-9 p.m. ET, Louis Gates introduces us to BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA on PBS.  Why wait until Black History Month? Photo Gallery of BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA, hosted by Louis Gates

Writers Against Racism: News from Jan Godown Annino


W.A.R. writer, Jan  Godown Annino, sent me Facebook announcement I wanted to pass along to my readers: Send Orlando area friends to us! EXCITED to meet the ZORA AND ME team at UCF/Morgridge Intl. Reading Center Book Festival on Saturday, April 17. My panel includes storyteller extraordinaire, Carmen Agra Deedy (yay! GROWING UP CUBAN IN […]

Writers Against Racism: THE DAY THE FORTUNE TELLER DIED by Marianna Heusler


EXCITING News for moi! Here’s a not-so-good image of my FIRST blurb, on a book jacket! I was so excited I wanted to share it with you.  And while you’ll need a magnifying glass, it’s the little things in life… Do the Dead Return to Help the Living? The Day the Fortune Teller Died by […]

Writers Against Racism: Diversity in YA Panel – Day of Dialog 2011 Program


I hope to see you there! Here’s the program. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 8:00-8:30 AM BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION 8:30-8:35 AM WELCOME, Brian Kenney, Editor-in-Chief, School Library Journal 8:40-9:15 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Breakfast & speaker sponsored by Candlewick Press 9:15-10:15 AM PANEL I: Diversity in YA Literature Where we […]