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Honoring Salman Rushdie: An Intimate Reading and Dinner

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Believe me, if I were in New York City on May 6th, I'd be at this event. The Asian American Writer's Workshop is inviting us to honor Salman Rushdie at Tribeca Cinemas, and to sweeten the deal, they've added a fabulous lineup of other guests: Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, Téa Obreht, Amitava Kumar, Himanshu Suri (formerly of Das Racist) and Top Chef competitor Dale Talde. Get tickets and/or find out more here.

2013 Jane Addams Children's Book Awards

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2013 South Asia Book Award for Children’s and YA Literature

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The South Asia Book Award, administered by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, is given annually for up to two outstanding works of literature, from early childhood to secondary reading levels, which accurately and skillfully portrays South Asia or South Asians in the diasporas, that is the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world. Up to five Honor Books and Highly Commended Books will also be recognized by the award committee for their contribution to this body of literature on the region. 2013 Winners
The Rumorby Anushka Ravishankar, illustrations by Kanyika Kini (Tundra Books, 2012).  In the village of Baddbaddpur, the people like to tell tales. Pandurang is so dour that he can make milk turn sour. One day he coughs up a feather. As the story of Pandurang’s feather is passed from one person to another it grows and grows and grows until it can hardly be recognized. (Grades PreK-4). Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Throu…

PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award 2013

One of my favorite literary involvements in New England is serving on the Pen New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery AwardCommittee. This year, I was delighted that two of my writing buddies, Katherine T. Quimby and Anna J. Boll, won the award.

The best entries were all about voice, and these two accomplished Vermont College graduates absolutely nailed their main characters' respective voices. If you're in the area, join us at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. to hear the authors read their work, snack, schmooze, and celebrate children's books.

Farewell, New England. Hello, San Francisco Bay Area.

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Maybe you've noticed that I haven't been as active on the Fire Escape or on social media lately. Here's why: after 12+ years in beautiful Boston, my husband was offered a new job and we're moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area this summer. We'll be living in the East Bay, close to my parents and sister and near Saint Mary's College of California, where our sons attend and where I've taught a course on children's books for the past two January terms.

It's been a sweet season: we raised our sons here from second grade until the college launch. Our church is my home away from home. As for my writing vocation, the children's literature community here in Boston is nonpareil. I will miss the schools, colleges, and libraries I visit every year. Charlesbridge and Candlewick, two of my publishers, are here. My work has been enriched by New England organizations like the New England Booksellers Association, the Foundation of Children's Books, Prim…