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Mitali Perkins at Belmont Books

I don't usually fangirl out (though, yes, when I do I go hard). In fact I can be downright mean about books! But last night Martha and I went to Belmont Books to see Mitali Perkins, author of one of my favorites from last year You Bring the Distant Near, and I admit I got a little misty-eyed. I'm a sucker for multigenerational sagas, and this one about a Bengali American family gets me every time. Read Stacy Collins's excellent Horn Book Magazine review of the book (which was on our Fanfare list). Then read Mitali's "Book That Changed My Life" piece from the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference. And then read all the others -- you may get a little misty-eyed, too.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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