Our Books

To date, Saving Stories has published thirteen bilingual books promoting literacy and celebrating our local population's cultural diversity. The collection includes books written in English and Nepali, Karen, Pashtu, Dinka, or Arabic. Two generous grants from Macy's enabled publication of the first eight books. A generous local donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, funded publication of our latest five books. The books are now in circulation at our community schools and libraries. All thirteen books are available for purchase on Amazon. Click on the book covers below to discover them:

In the News

Yamoussa Camara, a drum and dance musician, instructor and choreographer, led children in dances at the release party for five new Saving Stories books in February, 2020. Click on the link below to read the article about the celebration.

Saving Stories book release celebrates history, culture  (February 18, 2020 / Story By Stephanie Hacke)

After Saving Stories published its third set of four books, Gabriel Ajang, one of The Lost Boys of Sudan, shared his childhood folktales with students at Paynter Elementary School. Garang Garang read a folktale his father, Panther Bior, also one of The Lost Boys of Sudan, wrote for Saving Stories. Stephanie Hacke and Kristina Serafini covered the event for the South Hills Record. Click on the link below to read the article.

Bilingual books keep folktales alive for South Hills immigrant, refugee families  (February 11, 2019 / Story By Stephanie Hacke, Photos By Kristina Serafini)

After publishing our second set of four books, Saving Stories was featured on WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station. Click on the link below to read the article and listen to the interview:

Baldwin Teacher Shares Immigrant Stories With ESL Students In Their Native Language  (February 21, 2017 / By Sarah Schneider / WESA)

Saving Stories celebrated the publication of our first four books on March 21, 2016 at the Whitehall Public Library. The Tribune-Review and the Post-Gazette both ran stories covering the event and an editorial praised our accomplishments. You can read the articles by clicking the links below:

'Saving Stories' preserves tales from refugees in Baldwin, Whitehall  (March 23, 2016 / By Stephanie Hacke / Tribune-Review)

Saving stories: Book project gives voice to refugees' history, culture  (April 29, 2016 / By M. Thomas / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Reading for refugees: In Baldwin-Whitehall, a welcoming book project  (May 4, 2016 / Editorial / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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refugee picturesAggregation of photos by Rich Waters from Whitehall Public Library's "Meet Your Neighbors, Refugee Portraits and Stories" initiative.