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Naomi Shihab Nye

San Antonio Book Festival

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SAN ANTONIO – Born to a Palestinian father and an America mother, Naomi Shihab Nye has been writing her entire life.

Nye tells us that it was her school librarians who encouraged to start writing as a child and to begin sending her work out.

Since then, Nye has published around 35 books and was named a National Book Award finalist for "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East."

This year at the San Antonio Book Festival Nye will be talking about her novel "The Turtles of Oman."

"It is about a boy and his grandfather. And the boy is living in the country of Oman, a country which fascinated me since I was a little child," said Nye.

Not only will Nye be presenting but she is also looking forward to listening to other authors and working with an oral history project about writers living in San Antonio.

"Think of the San Antonio Book Festival as a one day, compact Fiesta for readers and writers. It's a Fiesta of language."

Naomi Shihab Nye will be presenting at 2:15 - 3 pm in the Story Room (3rd floor of Library).

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