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Immigration Then & Now: Paula Pederson Palmer in Conversation with Gilda Morina Syverson + Carolyn Noell

Please join Charlotte Writers' Club North and Main Street Books in welcoming three local authors as they describe the courage and drive of risk-taking immigrants from Denmark, Ukraine, Italy, and Liberia.

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As detailed in her memoir, Mysterious Builder of Seattle LandmarksPaula Pederson Palmer spends decades believing her mother’s tale that Danish pioneer immigrant Hans Pederson left her family penniless. A chance remark by her 90-year-old mother catapults Paula into discovering the truth about her father’s prolific contributions to early 1900's Seattle. She comes to understand her Ukrainian immigrant mother's complex choices as well as the lasting effects of her mother's deception on Paula's own family.


In her multi-generational story, My Father's Daughter: From Rome to Sicily, Gilda Morina Syverson travels with her Italian-born father, Italian-American mother, and very American husband to the village of her ancestors. This trilogy tale leads the reader through ancient sites of Rome, landscapes of a picturesque countryside, seaside villages of Sicily, olive trees in the valley of Mount Etna, while contrasting an emotional journey between a father and daughter.

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Carolyn Noell, author of The Medicine Man's Daughter, describes the coming-of-age of a Liberian refugee who came to Charlotte to escape civil war. Dayou Tucker, placed in the sixth grade, worked to catch up academically, adjust to a new culture and deal with hepatitis, which she brought with her from Africa. Dayou experienced modern medicine and a liver transplant with a team of healthcare professionals from Carolinas Medical Center. She demonstrated great courage as her small, multi-cultural church found a deep sense of community as they rallied around her.


*The authors' views on immigration are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Main Street Books.

Earlier Event: February 7
Tunes & Tales with Jamie
Later Event: February 10
Moving Stories with Camerin