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Mitali Perkins

Antioch University Los Angeles

Mitali Perkins has written many books for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for a National Book Award) and Rickshaw Girl (adapted into a film by Sleeperwave Productions), all of which explore crossing different kinds of borders. Mitali’s fiction explores poverty, immigration, child soldiers, microcredit, and human trafficking, thanks to living overseas for many years and studying Political Science at Stanford and Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. Her goal is to make readers laugh or cry, preferably both, as long as their hearts are widening. She lives and writes in the East Bay, and has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California

Educational History

  • Stanford University, BA Political Science
  • UC Berkeley, Master of Public Policy

  • Nominated for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Category
  • Winner of the South Asia Book Award
  • Walter Award honoree
  • Nominated for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature
  • Served as a judge for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize
  • Most Engaging Author award from independent booksellers
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators


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