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RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Carlson-Prandini
Bellingham Public Library
(360) 778-7236


All of us love good stories, especially ones that make us think a bit differently about ourselves and the society we live in. The Bellingham Public Library and Humanities Washington invite community members to an engaging conversation on Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room at the Central Library, 210 Central Ave. In The World in Washington: An Exploration of Literature and Our Lives, University of Washington professor Anu Taranath will introduce inspirational stories and literature written by multicultural authors from around the state.

By reflecting on cultural diversity and identity, Taranath will lead a discussion on how storytelling affects who we are and how we think of others. This interactive conversation will help us better understand who comprises our state, the range of perspectives Washingtonians have and strategies for living together with more clarity and intention.

Since 2000, Anu Taranath has been teaching world literatures at the University of Washington, with a focus on Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and U.S. communities of color. She is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including inclusion in the Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle 2008,” two Fulbright-Hays Awards and the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2010.

This presentation is made possible with the support of the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and a grant from Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit For more information about this presentation, contact the Bellingham Public Library at 360-778-7323.


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