Join us for a reading of Why No Goodbye? by Pam Laskin, who will read excerpts from her novel, give a history of this book's inception (including its political cause), and have a Q/A at the end.
What happens to the child left behind? A mother escapes Myanmar—with three of her four children. On the cusp of adolescence, the young boy left behind to fend for himself is filled with rage. He does not know how to read and write, so why does his mother bother smuggling in these letters? Jubair begins to express this anger in his own letters, as he develops a level of literacy, eventually becoming a reader and writer. Written in letters, Why NoGoodbye? explores loss, grief and transcendence. Co-winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.
Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer at City College; she directs The Poetry Outreach Center and teaches children's writing in the MFA Division. She is the author of five poetry books and several picture books. Most recently she published Ronit & Jamil, a Palentinina/Israeli "Romeo and Juliet" in verse for teens (HarperCollins, 2017).