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Alicja Mann Author- Reading from her book LOOKING AT THE WORLD TWICE

        On Monday, November 16th at The Royal Sun Cafe at 1003 N. Stone Avenue in Tucson, Alicja will be the featured reader at the National Writers Union reading and open mic event.  I will be reading from my newly published book Looking at the World Twice; Essays & Poems on Identity, Belonging and Otherness. www.lookingattheworldtwice.com

      The book is the winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Book Award in the Short Story Nonfiction category.  She wrote many of these essays from the perspective of the “other European” (from Eastern Europe) and “other American” (an immigrant).  

       The evening will start at 5:30 or so, for those who want to have dinner.   The reading followed by  the open mic will start around 6:15. 

       The Royal Sun Cafe is just south of the Best Western hotel at the northwest corner of 1st Street and Stone Avenue.    There is parking between the cafe and the motel that can be accessed from Stone; there is additional parking behind the cafe, which can be accessed from 1st Street.  Hope to see you there!

       Also, this coming Saturday and Sunday ( November 14and 15th) her  studio located at 2707 North Orchard Avenue  will be a part of the Tucson Open Studio event sponsored by Tucson Pima Arts Council in which artists will open their studios to the public from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.   Please feel welcomed to visit my studio and bring your friends, family, and good mood!

2707 N. Orchard Avenue  is in the area where Grant and Swan cross – north of Grant, west of Swan. My studio’s phone is: 520-344-7440

Again, hope to see you!


Alicja Mann
Word Studio

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Kristen Balouch- MYSTERY BOTTLE, a book for children

      MYSTERY BOTTLE by Kristen Balouch, (Hyperion Books for Children, 2006).

      MYSTERY BOTTLE is a tale of fantasy and imagination as a little boy in New York blows into a bottle and is carried to Iran where his father was born.  He meets his grandfather and learns a bit about life in the land of his heritage.  Pages are filled with all the many questions the boy would like to ask.  Immigrants of various backgrounds who have strong connections and family members living in other parts of the world will relate to the story.  Written for primary level, this heart-warming tale and colorful illustrations will engage readers of all ages. 

      The Middle East Outreach Council established the Middle East Book Award in 1999 to recognize books for children and young adults that contribute meaning-fully to an understanding of the Middle East.  Books are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of the Middle Eastern subject, as well as on their characterization, plot, and appeal for the inteneded audience.  Awards are announced in Novemenber for books published during the period from January of the previous year through September of the current year.  For the purposes of this award, “The Middle East” is defined as the Arab World, Iran, Isreal, Turkey, and Afghanistan.

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Finding Voice Project-Poetry and prose about the lives of refugee and immigrant students

      Finding Voice Project Reading & Digital Storytelling Presentation Tuesday, May 5, 6:30-8:30pm Catalina Magnet High School Auditorium, 3645 E. Pima Street (Between Country Club & Alvernon) Tucson.   Join the Finding Voice Project (www.findingvoiceproject.org) and listen to refugee and immigrant students read poetry and prose about their lives and experiences from their newly-published Finding Our Voice magazine.   Finding Voice is a literacy and visual arts program in Tucson dedicated to helping refugee and immigrant youth in ESL classes at Catalina Magnet High School develop their literacy skills by researching, photographing, writing, and speaking out about critical social issues in their lives. 

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