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Jasleen Aulakh & Jessica Finstuen, Say My Name – FREE KIDS EVENT!

Jasleen Aulakh & Jessica Finstuen, Say My Name – FREE KIDS EVENT!



Village Books and Paper Dreams
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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Join us in welcoming the author and illustrator of Say My Name to the Readings Gallery!

Amrita has a unique name that people often mispronounce causing her frustration and a desire to change it. One day, she discovers a book that sheds light on the history behind her name. Join Amrita on her journey as she learns more about herself and embraces her unique identity!

Jasleen Aulakh (jus-leen aw-luck) lives in Washington with her sister and two dogs. This is her first book. She was born in Amritsar (um-rith-sir), Punjab and moved to Canada at a young age. Jasleen is a special education teacher and marriage and family therapy intern. Her experience was much like Amrita’s. Throughout her life she got unwanted nicknames like “Jazz” or had her name mispronounced. For a long time she felt uncomfortable telling people how to say her name correctly. Learning her own history helped her respect and reclaim her identity. Jasleen’s hope with writing this book is that all people with diverse names and identities will embrace their unique identities.

Jessica Finstuen grew up in rural Montana until moving to less rural Montana and then onto Wales, Oregon, California and finally settling in Washington State. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Montana State University in 1999 and has enjoyed creating her whole life. Teaching special education has been her focus for the last 14 years while raising two kids, hiking, gardening, and enjoying the Pacific Northwest. The opportunity to collaborate with Jasleen on this has been a gift.


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