Tag Archives: Nora Raleigh Baskin

April 19

IF I TRY TO BE LIKE SOMEONE ELSE, WHO WILL BE LIKE ME? (Yiddish proverb) by Nora Raleigh Baskin

A Very Different Kind of Glossary (in no particular order): B’nai Mitzvah: “The plural form for the Jewish coming of age ceremony for boys or a mix of girls and boys. The plural form for girls is b’not mitzvah.  Don’t say bar mitzvahs or bat mitzvahs unless you want to make your Hebrew School teacher […]

July 14

Coping with Grief and Gaining Empathy Through Story and the Lens of History

            Almost unfathomably, this September 11th marks a staggering 20 years since many of us watched in horror as the iconic twin towers fell, and our nation was under attack.              As many adults still work to process the shock and trauma of that day, students not yet born in 2001, grow ever more removed […]

June 09

Joy and Lukas from Seven Clues to Home Interview with Patrick Andrus

Last year, 12-year-old Joy Fonseca and her best friend, Lukas Brunetti of Port Bennington, Long Island sat down with Mr. Patrick Andrus in his 4th grade classroom in Independent School District 272 Eden Prairie, Minnesota to answer a few questions about the new middle grade novel, Seven Clues to Home.       What Mr. […]

Nikki Giovanni, Flannery O’Connor, The Dalai Lama, James Baldwin, and Me by Nora Raleigh Baskin

This is the speech Nora gave as a Key Note Speaker at The Wamogo Oratory Invitational on March 22, 2019.   “Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience you’d get maybe one book maybe three poems. Writers […]

May 06

One Author, One Librarian, One Teacher; Three Nerds by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Beth Parmer, and Jimmy Sapia

Nora: When I was asked if I would be willing to teach creative writing at an underperforming middle school in an urban neighborhood with a very small budget, my first question was: What does “underperforming” mean? But I was willing– despite how little they could pay or what that meant exactly– because I’ve been feeling, […]

September 08

They Were My Kids by Nora Raleigh Baskin

“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”                                                                                William Stafford   Each time I write a new novel I am putting something out into the world; and each time I do, I get something back, usually a tenfold return. I began writing as a kid as a way to express myself, to […]

March 23

Before and After 9/11 by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anyone who knows even a little about the publishing business would understand that there could be no way, when conceiving of a new book project, to predict when it will see the light of day. So it wasn’t until my manuscript Nine, Ten was nearing publication that I realized that this year is actually the […]

November 04

What Ruby Gave Me by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Yesterday morning I went to the Westport Health department to have my Tine test checked.  I am happy to report I do not have TB, in part — though not entirely! — because I can now begin volunteering at the Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional facility.  That is what Ruby [On the Outside] has done for […]