Exciting news from award winning author Mitali Perkins! Open Mic: Ten Authors Riff About Growing Up Between Cultures releases in September 2013.

Mitali Perkins was born in Kolkata, India and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was seven years old. She writes fiction for younger teens and chats about books and life between cultures on the Fire Escape. You can read PaperTigers’ two interviews with Mitali here and here. She is the author of six award winning books, including Bamboo PeopleRickshaw Girl  and Secret Keeper. Her newest book , an anthology of fiction, poetry, and memoir edited by Mitali will release from Candlewick in September 2013. This is definitely a book to put on your “must read” list and Mitali is giving you a chance to win an advanced reader copy by leaving a comment on her blog. Here are the details:

OPEN MIC in 25 Days! Reviews, ARC Giveaway, and More …

Our anthology releases September 10th from Candlewick, and the reviews are beginning to come in.

From The Horn Book, where it was the reviewof the week:

“…Naomi Shihab Nye offers an eloquent poem about her Arab American dad, whose open friendliness made him ‘Facebook before it existed.’ David Yoo, Debbie Rigaud, Varian Johnson, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich also contribute stories to this noteworthy anthology, which robustly proves Perkins’ assertion that ‘funny is powerful.’”

From ALA Booklist:

“…David Yoo’s excellent ‘Becoming Henry Lee’ is the one that will probably elicit the most laughs. But all invite sometimes rueful smiles or chuckles of recognition. And all demonstrate that in the specific we find the universal, and that borders are meant to be breached.”

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“…will leave readers thinking about the ways that humor can be a survival tool in a world that tends to put people in boxes.”

The book is a Junior Library Guild selection. Yippee!

Also, The Horn Book asked me five questions about the anthology, and the esteemed organization Children’s Book Council showed their support.

Here’s the audio version from Brilliance. Watch for a series of blog posts featuring the contributors to the anthology, pictured below:

Top Row: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Greg Neri, Debbie Rigaud, Gene Yang, Naomi Shihab Nye
Bottom Row: Me, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Varian Johnson, Francisco X. Store, David Yoo

Exciting times, friends. In case you’re curious, here are my three “ground rules” when it comes to the intersection of race and comedy, explored further in the introduction to the anthology:

1. Poke fun at the powerful, not the weak. 

2. Build affection for the “other” instead of alienating us from somebody different. 

3. Be self-deprecatory.

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One Response to “Exciting news from award winning author Mitali Perkins! Open Mic: Ten Authors Riff About Growing Up Between Cultures releases in September 2013.”

  1. Aline Pereira Says:

    Oooh… Mitali did it again! This anthology sounds wonderful! I love the title and cover.