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Saturday, October 19 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Middle Grade: Growing Pains

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Growing up comes with growing pains, and in this session, we’ll talk with three authors who have been there, done that, and now write about it! Hena Khan’s More to the Story takes a classic novel whose origin is here in New England--Little Women--and updates it for 2019, focusing on a tight-knit Muslim, Pakistani American family who have more than their fair share of struggles. In actor-turned-author Maulik Pancholy’s debut, The Best At It, a middle-schooler struggles to define his identity while also navigating anxiety and depression, in a novel Kirkus Reviews calls “a fast-paced journey riddled with heartbreakingly authentic moments of anxiety, confusion, and triumph.” Finally, in her middle-grade debut, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, award-winning novelist Ibi Zoboi introduces readers to a memorable character who would rather keep her head in the stars than contend with the real world. Our host for this session about growing up and getting stronger is Lauren Rizzuto of Simmons University.

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Lauren Rizzuto

Lauren Rizzuto is a writer, reviewer, and a graduate of Simmons College’s Children’s Literature MA program, where she now teaches. She also works as a bookseller at the Children’s Book Shop in Brookline and reviews books for the Horn Book Guide. Rizzuto is currently pursuing... Read More →

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Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is a Pushcart-nominated young adult and children’s author whose work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and the Rumpus. She is the author of American Street, Pride, Black Enough, and her most recent release and middle-grade debut, My... Read More →
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Hena Khan

Hena Khan is the author of the children's books Amina’s Voice; Night of the Moon; Under My Hijab; It’s Ramadan, Curious George; and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. Khan’s latest release, More to the Story, follows four sisters in a Muslim family living in Georgia.
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Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor seen in films, on Broadway, and hit television like 30 Rock, Whitney, Phineas and Ferb, and Sanjay and Craig. He served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is the cofounder of Act... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116