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Author Elsa Marston’s “In Line”

Elsa Marston Harik reads an excerpt from "In Line" from her 2008 book 'Santa Claus in Baghdad - And Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World.'

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"I cannot identify with a lot of the things going on in present American teenagers lives," Marston says.

Author and poet, Elsa Marston Harik has lived in Bloomington, Indiana since the 1960s with her husband, the late professor Iliya Harik, and their three sons.  Thanks to trips to the Middle East connected with her husband’s work and her own interests, she specializes in writing for young people about that region . She has produced much of her work in the hopes that it will help young Americans acquire a better understanding of the Middle East, past and present. Here, she  reads an excerpt from her story “In Line” from her book Santa Claus in Baghdad – And Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World published by Indiana University Press in 2008.

LuAnn Johnson

Born in Idaho, LuAnn Johnson moved to Bloomington in 2001. She obtained her B.A. in English at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts and her M.A. in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University. LuAnn joined WFIU in August of 2001, and currently serves as Program Services Manager, overseeing the distribution of all WFIU syndicated programs. She produces The Poets Weave and acts as production coordinator for Harmonia.

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