University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Crossing Borders and Opening Minds

Four authors talk about the real and imagined borders that their characters must cross and how these experiences open their minds to new perspectives and understandings of self and world. Steven Frank's Armstrong and Charlie face the racial borders of school integration, while Jewell Parker Rhodes's characters deal with historical racism in Ghost Boys. N.H. Senzai in "Escape from Aleppo" focuses on borders that reflect an escape from the horrors of war and the flight to safety, while Ibtisam Barakat shares the oppressive borders she faced growing up in Palestine.

Ibtisam Barakat

Ibtisam Barakat, is an award-winning Palestinian-American author, poet, translator, artist and educator. Her work centers on healing social injustices, especially in the lives of young people. Barakat was born in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, and grew up in Ramallah, Palestine....

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Steven Frank

Steven B. Frank is the author of "Armstrong & Charlie" and "Class Action." His previous book, "The Pen Commandments: A Guide for the Beginning Writer," won the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age Award....

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N. Senzai

N.H. Senzai is the author of the award-winning novel, "Shooting Kabul," chosen by the Asian Pacific Librarians Association as their Young Adult Literature winner and an NPR’s Backseat Book Club pick, along with Edgar Award nominee "Saving Kabul Corner" and YALSA pick "Ticket To India....

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Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of "Towers Falling," "Ninth Ward," "Sugar" and "Bayou Magic." Her middle-grade books have won the Coretta Scott King Honor, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and more....

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