THERESA FLORES SPEAKS AT NOT HERE CONFERENCE
Human trafficking survivor and author Theresa Flores travels the US sharing her story of trafficking and slavery while living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit Michigan. At fifteen years of age, she was drugged, raped and tortured for two long years. Kept in bondage, forced to pay back an impossible debt. All the while, she was living at home, attempting to keep her family safe. She attended school during the day alongside her abusers, only to be called into 'service' late each night while her unknowing family slept. Involuntarily involved in a large criminal ring, Ms. Flores endured more as a child than most adults will ever face their entire lives. ?
Theresa Flores will be the keynote speaker at this year's "Not Here" Conference which takes place on October 25th and 26th in Auburn. The conference is sponsored by the Auburn Maine Police Department.
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AUTHOR AND CARTOONIST RAINA TELGEMEIER
New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist Raina Telgemeier will visit Maine for a series of school and library visits. She will be appearing at Portland Public Library on Thursday, October 25th. Telgemeier will be discussing comics and her newest book Drama, published by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic.
Her critically acclaimed graphic novel memoir based on her childhood, Smile was last year's winner of the Maine Student Book Award and the 2010 winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens. Smile was also an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book of 2010, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor title. Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002, and has worked as a freelance artist ever since. Telgemeier adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list.
Already a New York Times bestseller, her latest book Drama tells the story of Callie who loves theater. Callie would totally try out for her middle school's production of "Moon over Mississippi," except that she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
Raina will be discussing the inspirations of her work and the process involved in creating comics. She will be signing copies of her books after the event. Raina Telgemeier's appearances are presented by Casablanca Comics of Portland, who have sponsored her Maine visits as part of her national book tour.
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LAW AND ORDER SVU'S 300th EPISODE
Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is now in its fourteenth season. The program has received numerous accolades from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and cast members are frequently recognized for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.
"Law and Order SVU" airs Wednesday nights at 9 on NBC.
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