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Winter 2010

The Kahani mission is to empower, educate and entertain. We invite children and parents to share this unique reading experience together.

 

Editorial Advisors

 

Lisa Diercks
Director, Publishing and Writing
Graduate Program, Emerson College
Ms. Diercks has taught courses in book design and production, magazine design and production, and desktop publishing at Boston’s Emerson College since 1996. Ascenders & Descenders, the book designed and produced by her 1999 book design class, was accepted into the 2000 New England Book Show; Hot Metal, from her 2002 class, was accepted into the 2003 Book Show; and Foul, from her 2003 class, made the 2004 Book Show. Ms. Diercks began her career at Houghton Mifflin/Trade and established her own design studio in 1987. Her publishing clients have included the Atlantic Monthly; Beacon Press; Boston Common Press; Candlewick; Clarion Books; HarperCollins; Harvard University Press; Houghton Mifflin; Little, Brown; and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She continues to work on 10-15 publishing projects a year. Chocolate on the Brain, a book she designed, won an award at the 2002 Book Show.

Nancy Gruver
Founder/Publisher
New Moon magazine
Ms. Gruver is founder and publisher of the groundbreaking international publication, New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. Ms. Gruver is a national leader in the movement to empower girls and foster their creativity and self-confidence. New Moon is an advertising-free magazine with more than 50,000 readers worldwide and 2,000 bookstore outlets. It has garnered many awards including nine Parent’s Choice Foundation Awards (including Best Children’s Magazine, 1995, 1997, 1999-2003), five Educational Press Association of America Design and Editorial Awards, and a National Association for Multicultural Education Award. Ms. Gruver is a frequent speaker and media guest on girls’ adolescence, the Girls Movement, and successful strategies for parents and professionals who live and work with girls 8 to 14 years old. She is also the recipient of many awards, from Parenting magazine’s Parenting Achievement Award to the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminist of the Year Award.

Uma Krishnaswami
Writer/Teacher
Ms. Krishnaswami is a frequent contributor to Cricket, Highlights, Ladybug and Spider magazines. She has written many books including The Broken Tusk, winner of the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award in 1997. She recently published her first novel, Naming Maya. Through Writers.com, Ms. Krishnaswami teaches an online course on writing for children. She also conducts a writing workshop for children through the National Park Service at the Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwest New Mexico.

Mitali Perkins
Writer
Mitali Bose Perkins was born in Kolkata, India, and lived in several continents (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) before settling with her parents and two sisters in California. Her specialty is writing about life "between cultures," and believes that the view is often clearer when you’re straddling borders. Ms. Perkins is the author of several novels for young readers, including Monsoon Summer (Random House), The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen (Little Brown), Rickshaw Girl (Charlesbridge), and a forthcoming two-book series about a President’s daughter (Dutton/Penguin). She speaks frequently in libraries and schools about writing and about her experiences of growing up as an immigrant kid. Ms. Perkins is the mother of twin boys and is married to the Rev. Robert Perkins. They live in Newton, Massachusetts.

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