WRITERS FOR WATERBRIDGE OUTREACH EVENTS
Our 2023 Writers for WaterBridge Outreach event took place in October and was hosted by the Kearney Public Library and The Kearney Public Library Foundation. The evening event consisted of an evening of conversation and readings with Writers for WaterBridhe Outreach Gail Tsukyima and Mary Roach. A book signing followed the presentations.
Gail Tsukiama, Exective Director at WaterBridge Outreach, is the bestselling author of “Women of the Silk” and “The Samurai’s Garden.” Her latest novel, “The Brightest Star,” was released in June 2023. This magnificent historical novel is based on the life of the luminous, groundbreaking actress Anna May Wong — the first and only Asian American woman to gain movie stardom in the early days of Hollywood.
Mary Roach is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including “STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” and “GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.” Her latest book “FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law,” debuted in September 2021. Mary’s books have been published in 21 languages, and her second book, “SPOOK,” was a New York Times Notable Book. Mary has written for “National Geographic,” “Wired,” and “The New York Times Magazine,” among others.
15 with authors Karen Joy Fowler and Gail Tsukiyama. This launched an important new Writers for WaterBridge Outreach Book Project, publishing books in the native language of communities where there are limited teaching and learning resources, and where any access to books is especially difficult. Our first book project was producing 8000 booklets in Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa, working in close collaboration with Melissa Queyquep of The Foundation for Tomorrow (TFFT) in Arusha, Tanzania. As writers who have long been inspired by words on a page," Gail comments, "this project allows us to give back the gifts we've been given."