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Newsletter / February 24, 2019

PHOTOS: BERMUDIAN ART FEATURED IN GOVT BUILDING  Lovitta Foggo, the community affairs minister, with local artist Sharon Wilson Sharon Wilson is a Bermuda based artist whose work both captures and explores the beauty of the human spirit…Working exclusively with pastels for more than twenty years, Sharon has recently begun working in the 3000 year old medium of Encaustic art, involving painting with molten waxes. READ MORE… 1997 HONOR TITLE ILLUSTRATED BY SHARON WILSON ACTING WHILE BLACK When Alice Childress’ first full-length drama, Trouble in Mind, was first produced in 1955, it ran for 91 performances. Afterward, Childress became the first black woman to win an Obie Award for the play, which was inspired by her own experiences as an actor. READ MORE… 1974 HONOR TITLE AROUND CAPE ANN: AN ONSCREEN JOURNEY WITH ARTISTIC GREATS Winthrop, who is the author of four novels, lives in Gloucester and teaches creative writing at Endicott College in Beverly. Her latest novel, “The Mercy Seat,” caught the attention of the New York Times, which called it a “well-timed page turner.” It tells the story of 18-year-old Willie Jones, a black man accused of a crime he might not have committed. READ MORE… PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL TO WELCOME AUTHOR JOSEPH…

Newsletter / November 11, 2018

HISTORICAL FICTION THAT TAKES CHILDREN TO WAR ZONES AND INTERNMENT CAMPS The United States government created Indian boarding schools in the late 19th century to control Native Americans and eradicate their culture. Run on military lines with draconian rules and brutal punishments, they’re a stain on our national history — yet some Native American parents, given the complexity of their circumstances, willingly and with full understanding chose to place their own children there. That situation is sensitively dramatized in TWO ROADS, by the celebrated Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. FINDING LANGSTON, the first middle-grade novel by the picture book writer Lesa Cline-Ransome (“Before She Was Harriet”), takes us into the years just after World War II. READ MORE…   DELVING INTO THE WORLD OF YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Mitali Perkins As a child, a young Mitali had found her safe place in the fire escape, where she would often crawl out on to read and write. The adventurous, colourful and insightful prose of Mitali Perkins combines issues of diaspora, body image, identity and self-worth among young adults of varied roots. “Rickshaw Girl” deserves a special mention because in it Perkins has taken on the challenging task of portraying the changing face of a…