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    Panel: Writing YOUR History with Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Alexandra Diaz

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    Panel: Writing YOUR History with Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Alexandra Diaz

    Moderated by Clare Withers | Children's & Young Adult Area | University of Pittsburgh Library System Kids Tent | 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    After the presentation, the author will be signing books in the Stories Like Me tent. 

    Their books will be available at the bookstore in the Stories Like Me tent


    Amra Sabic-El-Rayess grew up in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently she is a professor at Columbia University, studying how and why societies fall apart and what role education can play in rebuilding decimated countries. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed young adult memoir The Cat I Never Named.

    Alexandra Diaz is the award-winning author of The Only RoadThe CrossroadsSantiago’s Road Home, and Farewell Cuba, Mi IslaThe Only Road was a Pura Belpré Honor Book and won the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as numerous other accolades. Santiago’s Road Home was an International Latino Book Award gold medalist and an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year and the Children’s Book Council’s teacher's Favorite. Alexandra is the daughter of Cuban refugees and a native Spanish speaker. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but got her master’s in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University in England. Visit her at

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