This was all part of the I'm Your Neighbor multicultural community read which is going on in Portland throughout the year, and Friday's event focused on Ramadan and featured my book, Out of Nowhere, and Moon Watchers, by Reza Jalali, illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien.
Throughout the evening there were prayer rugs on display, books from the I'm Your Neighbor collection for sale and to check out from the library, and henna hand painting demonstrations.
Following Reza's presentation, Pious Ali, of Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance, led a panel discussion which included me, my friend (and great resource for Out of Nowhere) Shobow Saban, Reza and Anne.
|From left: Reza Jalali, Anne Sibley O'Brien|
|Shobow, left, and me.|
After that, it was time to FEAST. We broke the fast with a prayer, and those who hadn't eaten all day were first in line. Great food and fun conversation followed.
|Anne Sibley O'Brien serves up dessert!|
|Pious Ali (center) shares dinner with friends.|
|From left: Shobow Saban, Reza Jalali, USM students|
|Shobow was eager to get to his meal (you can't see it but he's holding a plate) but conversation came first.|
|From left: Shobow Saban, Reza Jalali, me|