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David Almond and Sofi Oksanen in Conversation with Rakesh Satyal


April 30, 2010 | Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center | New York City

With David Almond and Sofi Oksanen; moderated by Rakesh Satyal


Co-sponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY

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Young characters allow their creators to explore the world and its very grownup problems with a unique innocence and honesty. The characters from David Almond’s many award-winning books including Skellig and Sofi Oksanen’s Purge move through harrowing times, managing to survive and tell their particular tales, growing from their woes along the way. What kind of freedom do these characters allow their authors? What challenges are there in writing them? Do child protagonists provide less, as much, or more wisdom than adults? Rakesh Satyal, author of the acclaimed novel Blue Boy, moderates a conversation about all this and more.

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