Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Authors & Illustrators

A new space will be soon hosted on this blog. I'm going to do a virtual world's trip meeting authors and illustrators, librarians and teachers talking about books, reading, writing for children, multicultural issues, living between cultures and so many other themes. As Kabiliana supports literacy projects where reading and studying is still a privilege of few, it will be interesting and stimulating bringing alive a world's community of people involved in promoting reading at all levels. It will definetly help the project, extend the cause and empower the dialogue on bringing literacy in disadvantaged places. I'm very happy to announce that the first author and illustrator who will appear in this space are Katia Novet Saint-Lot and Dimitrea Tokunbo, who will be talking about their "Amadi's Snowman".

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kabiliana on School Library Journal

A fantastic news welcomed me this morning, our project is on THE SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, and this thanks to the fantastic and super active Amy Bodden Bowllan who plays an important role in building libraries for low-income families. Currently holding the position of Director of Diversity, Amy teaches Broadcast Journalism and Technology classes at The Hewitt School in NYC/USA. Will soon read about her here.
Thank you Amy, you did a wonderful work!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Reading, Always Reading

I recently had the pleasure to read Katia NovetSaint-Lot 's "Amadi's Snowman" which tells the story of a Nigerian boy who dreams to become a trader that at a certain point discovers the wonders of books. Katia has published on her blog a meme on "first time writing experience" and I'm very happy to answer these questions too. Also as Kabiliana aims to promote reading and literacy projects...

Do you remember the first book you ever read on your own?

I cannot remember the very first book but one of the first books that really impressed me and signed my passion for reading was "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne. Was a huge volume with a blue leather hardcover with colourful illustrations. I was very jelous about it, you can imagine at night after reading, I was wrapping the book with a red woolen cloth putting it under my pillow , just to be sure to find it the next morning. I borrowed that book it from my aunt and I remember I never returned it back!

Do you remember how you felt?

I felt very committed in the achievement of understanding a story by my own, I felt I was travelling with P. Fogg and Passepartout on the balloon visiting different countries , smelling differents shents and dressing soft coloured clothes. I realized that you could see places and things without being anyewhere. I found that words were extraordinary instruments to express ideas and feelings...I was even jelous that others would have the same thought.

Do you remember a book that you read again and again as a child?

I love re-reading books. One of the book I kept on reading and re reading was Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was and it is an extraordinary book. Surely I understood its deep meanings more as an adult then as a child, but I was fascinated by this story of a piece of wood becoming alive, laughing, enjoying, surprising, loving, suffering, with its innocence and curiosity.

Why that book? Have you read it again as an adult?

Pinocchio is wonderful story either for children either for parents... I read it several times as an adult and shared it with my daughters twice, we read it together, every evening for a period, they also read it at school and they all enjoyed as well as I did. They followed Pinocchio becoming a donkey in the world of donkeys populated by all the children who didn't want to read and study, disappointed because they know that reading and studying is something marvellous and could not think that Pinocchio and his friends were ready to live without those things. I had the opportinuty to feel their emotions in front of big important themes. I believe that Pinocchio is one of the greatest books ever written, there is this beautiful metaphora of being something else and becoming a human being thank's to hardship, love and awareness.

Why do you read?

I read as I need to. Books are my hoxygene, I need them for my soul and my mind in the same way I need food for my body. Raeading allows me to live different lives, to confront emotions and ideas, to travel without physically moving, to experience things by different point of views and to enrich my identity. Also without reading I could not be a writer!

Amy, Martha , Susan , Max , Laura, Linda, Elizabeth, Cat , Colleen, Kathryn , Susie, Naomi and anyone who reads you are tagged... would you like to continue the tour on First Time Reading? Then just cut, paste and answer these questions on your blog/site.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

24 October 2008

Associazione Soggetto Nomade and Valentina Acava Mmaka are happy to invite you to the FUND RISING EVENING for supporting Kabiliana Project. The Project is called ONE BOOK FOR ONE CHILD. To make sure that reading and studying won' t remain the privilege of few but the right of all the children in the world.
During the evening :

ARTEM Theatre Company
Director: Cinzia Sbrana
Interpreters: Tatiana Magni, Paola Biaggini, Lorena Cappellini, Enrica Ventarelli

Friday 24th October 2008
AUDITORIUM San Terenzo - Sp
h. 9.00 p.m.

Public will contribute with a free donation.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Invitation to writers and illustrators

Yesterday I was intending to meet some staff of a children's Library in La Spezia to see if it's possible to organize a reading for children but when I reached the place I found it was closed due to a not specified reason. Anyway the lights were on and I could see inside through the windows ... I saw a colourful warm place with red and orange tables, green, blue and pink chairs and the walls full of books ordered in wooden shelves... but what I enjoyed most standing outside, was reading some sentences on wallpapers hanged on top of the shelves, sentences that underline the pleasure of reading, a clear invitation about discovering the joy of reading. And because we are involved in supporting reading as a very important need for everyone I want to share these sentences here.

Rospo che legge diventa re = Toad who read becomes a King
Chi legge guarda lontano= Who read can see far
Chi legge ascolta la musica della vita = Who reads listen to the music of life
Esci dal gregge e bruca un bel libro = Go out of the flock and browse on a good book.
Chi legge vola alto= Who read flies high
Chi legge non ha paura= Who read doesn't fear
Chi legge non è mai solo= Who read is never alone
Tenera è la notte con un libro per sognare = Sweet is the night with a nice book to dream
Chi legge ha sete di sogni = who read is thirsty of dreams
Chi legge viaggia con la mente = Who read travels with the mind
Chi legge cerca pace =Who read looks for peace
Chi legge non si fa lavare il cervello=Who read never allows a brainwash

I discovered that Fatatrac Publisher distributes these wallpapers, I thought why don't ask writers and illustrators to write /illustrate their own sentence on how is reading...for them trying to find nice and stimulating metaphoras.

More Books coming...

I was out of town for a couple of days and on my return back I've found two huge parcels: one from Tilbury Publisher and the other one from a dear friend from France.
I must forward many thank's to Katia Novet Saint-Lot, Dimitrea Tokunbo and Sarah Mc Ginnis from Tilbury House for donating "Amadi's snowman" and Nancy who send me an old English version of Pinocchio and a book by Meshack Asare (Noma's Sand).Thanks so much, our library is growing "pole pole" (a kiswhaili expression to say slowly), but we are happy, and soon we'll achieve more books with the first big fund rising at the end of the month.
Thank you all... I've decided to put on this blog the interviews to authors who donate their books so to have the chance to undesrtand from different point of views the big importance of reading and bringing literacy in disadvantaged countries.
Soon you'll read interviews to Author Katia Novet Saint Lot and illustrator Dimitrea Tokunbo.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

One book for one child... fund rising evening

ARTEM Theatre Company is preparing the Stage Reading from my play "I...immigrant...woman..." (Io...donna...immigrata...volere dire scrivere published by EMI 2004) in occasion of the fund rising evening for Kabiliana project.
Details coming soon.

These photographs were taken during one of the performances staged in Italy and the artists in the pcitures are Astrid Mamina Kayembe and Imane Combes.