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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Wednesday, January 9 - Young Adult Political Novelist Patricia Dunn

Wednesday night at 8 PM on Bibliocracy, KPFK 90.7 FM:  PATRICIA DUNN.  How to take politics seriously, sincerely, and not talk down to kids, and best of all to create a worldview and a daily life where grown-ups know what is going on in the world, are engaged, take positions, embrace conflict, make mistakes but have the courage to act?  For my guest this week, Young Adult author Patricia Dunn, the way is to immerse her protagonist and the reader in the crises and challenges of our moment, with empathy, humor and a fast plot line moving to match the speed, in this case, of the Egyptian uprising.  In her Young Adult novel for all ages, Rebels by Accident, Dunn introduces a young girl whose ambivalence about her family’s cultural and religious traditions takes a dramatic turn when she’s sent to live with her grandmother, a strong and beautiful woman who sometimes gently, sometimes dramatically, challenges everything young Marian imagines.  Patricia Dunn is a former community activist and longtime friend of KPFK, where she once worked! She was managing editor of Muslimwakeup, an online journal, and her work as appeared in Global City Review, Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Nation.  Thanks for listening, on the radio or online, or as a download free from the station’s archives for 90 days.  Find an audio file on my Facebook page, too, where you might like to be my friend.  

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