Local Author to Lead “Big Read” Panel Discussion at San Leandro Library


Local author Mitali Perkins will moderate a panel discussion about “The Namesake,” the 2014 Big Read novel, on Saturday, March 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library Lecture Hall, located at 300 Estudillo Ave.

Perkins will discuss the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and the complicated ties between generations, all of which are prominent themes in “The Namesake,” with a panel that includes two librarians, an English professor, and a journalist.

The Big Read Panel Discussion will be Perkins’s second appearance as part of the 2014 Big Read. She was the guest speaker at The Big Read Literary Gathering on Feb. 15.

The author’s life experience parallels the story of “The Namesake” in many ways as she lived in Calcutta, Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before immigrating to the United States.

Her eight novels include: Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and Bamboo People (listed as one of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Novels for Young Adults, and recipient of a starred review from Publishers Weekly).

The panel discussion is a free event and no prior registration is required.

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

For information, contact Addie Silveira at (510) 577-3991 or [email protected]



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