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Authors Discuss Children And 9/11 In Westport

Jewel Parker Rhodes is one of four authors who will appear at Westport Public Library on Monday.
Jewel Parker Rhodes is one of four authors who will appear at Westport Public Library on Monday. Photo Credit: Facebook

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A panel of four authors will discuss coping with tragedy and their new books for middle grades and young adults Monday at 7 p.m. in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

Fifteen years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, 2,996 people were killed in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, and more than 6,000 were injured. The discussion will include ways parents who were personally affected by 9/11 might want to discuss the event with their children.

The panelists will share stories about what brought them to this topic, how they wrote about it and how their books are being received by readers, both adults and children, as well as invite the audience to share stories of their own.

The program is free and open to the public.

Wonderopolis educator and high school teacher Paul W. Hankins calls 9/11 an "educational chasm" for children.

"The majority of students in desks were born after the year 2000. In two years, there will not be a single student without this date/marker,” he said. “It’s a chasm that has real implication in literature and humanities."

The following are the authors on the panel:

  • Nora Raleigh Baskin is the award-winning author of 13 novels for young readers and a contributor to two story collections. She has taught creative writing to both children and adults. Her latest is "Nine/Ten: A 9/11 Story."
  • Gae Polisner is the award-winning author of "The Memory of Things," "The Summer of Letting Go" and "The Pull of Gravity." She is a writer, a family law attorney and mediator.
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of "Towers Falling," "Ninth Ward," "Sugar" and "Bayou Magic." She is also the director of Arizona State University’s Center for Creative Writing.
  • Wendy Mills graduated with honors in English and political science from Old Dominion University in Virginia. "Positively Beautiful" is her first young adult novel, and "All We Have Left" is her second.

For further information, call 203-291-4800, check this link or contact Mary Parmelee at,

The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Road.

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