I wasn’t there when my friend Beth Kephart gave this eloquent and important speech, but my ears were ringing. And later, I can’t tell you how many people told me about it. THE single best thing ANYone has said about YA fiction since Judy Blume picked up a pen (and not just ’cause she mentions me).
Please click on the link below to see Beth’s beautiful and timely presentation:
Arn Chorn-Pond, who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music, will perform at Lincoln Center in New York this spring, along with his beloved music teacher, Master Mek. This free event, sponsored by Target, marks the fulfillment of Arn’s dream – to showcase Cambodia for its arts, not for its tragic history.
Arn, the subject of Never Fall Down, Mek and other artists will perform in the David Rubenstein Atrium and then I’ll join them for a panel discussion about how the arts can be a salvation for a man and his country.
Their performance is part of a month-long celebration of Cambodian arts at venues all around New York – BAM, the Joyce Theatre, The Rubin Museum and Lincoln center. I’ll publish the full schedule for Season of Cambodia as soon as it is finished but wanted readers to know about this free event.
“Pond’s early life is an incredible story of survival against all odds, of innocence unduly robbed. By turns terrifying, heartbreaking and triumphant, ‘Never Fall Down’ is as likely to inspire tears as it is to stick with readers for a lifetime.”—Los Angeles Times