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  • Multicultural 2014

    Books Between Cultures

    A Presentation By Mitali Perkins

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    Images from this year's presentation

    About this years program

    On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Murphy Library hosted the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Literature Event, “Books Between Cultures.” The keynote speaker for this year’s program was Mitali Perkins, acclaimed author of books for young adults. Perkins presented to Emerson school students in the morning and to UW-L and community members at 12:30 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. in the Collaborative Learning Studio on the second floor of Murphy Library.

    Perkins, who speaks throughout the nation, shared her stories and expertise related to growing up between the two cultures of India and the United States. She addressed questions such as: what are the tensions facing kids growing up on the margins of race and culture; how do stories serve as windows and mirrors for them, as well as for all of our children; and what should we ask about books when it comes to race, culture and power.

    Mitali Perkins has written eight novels for young readers, including “Rickshaw Girl,” which was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years; and “Bamboo People,” which is an American Library Association’s Top Ten Novels for Young Adults and was starred and described in Publishers Weekly as “a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.”

    To complement the presentation books, articles, and other materials that showcase Perkins’ writings, Indian literature, and other related children’s literature were displayed in the Alice Hagar Curriculum Center.

    The program was co-sponsored by Murphy Library, the School of Education, the Office of Campus Climate and Diversity at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

    For more information please contact Teri Holford-Talpe, tholford-talpe@uwlax.edu or call 608.785.8944

    About the Author

    Mitali Perkins has written eight novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl, which was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years; and Bamboo People, which is an American Library Association’s Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, and was starred and described in Publishers Weekly as “a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship." Perkins graduated from Stanford University in Political Science and received her Masters in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley.

    Books by Mitali

    Here is a small selection of Mitali's books. For a complete listing of her books, see the authors website.

    Rickshaw Girl - Mitali Perkins
    Rickshaw Girl
    Open Mic - Mitali Perkins
    Open Mic - Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices
    Monsoon Summer - Mitali Perkins
    Monsoon Summer
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