A Stranger Reads About (and Comprehends) a Stranger

This quote from poet Amit Majmudar speaks to the mission of I’m Your Neighbor, Portland beautifully.

“Readers don’t want the differences to estrange them — for all their curiosity, they actually want the differences to disappear. They want to recognize themselves. This is all part of the larger paradox of fiction, where the characters must be specific enough to be anyone. In the end, the packaging may simply serve as an introduction. The true meeting takes place when the book opens, and a stranger reads about — and comprehends — a stranger.”  Amit Majmudar, a poet and diagnostic nuclear radiologist, is the author, most recently, of the novel “The Abundance.”

Quoted from a New York Times essay, “Am I An ‘Immigrant Writer’?”

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I’m Your Neighbor Logo

IYN design revised
Look what arrived!  Mary E. Robbins and Nabil Sibouih of moth written made this beautiful image for I’m Your Neighbor, Portland and I’m Your Neighbor Books.  The phrase “I’m Your Neighbor” was collected in different languages by author/illustrator and I’m Your Neighbor, Portland advisor Anne Sibley O’Brien from Portland Public Schools’ Multilingual and Multicultural Center staff and from friends of Mary and Nabil.

moth written is a “Moroccan-American marriage in Maine.”  In Morocco, a moth is a good omen.  Mary and Nabil honor their family there by encouraging positive dialogue about the Arabic speaking world through the creation of t-shirts, bags, and pins in Arabic.