Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 18:26

Votes are in, and "Voters Choose Outcasts United."

Thanks to all who participated. Watch this space for updates on One Book, One San Diego events, which will take place in Spring 2010.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 16:39

"Outcasts United" is one of three finalists in San Diego's community read program, "One Book, One San Diego," which is sponsored by NPR affiliate KPBS and the San Diego Public Library. Voting will take place throughout the month of October to determine the selection. Past titles include "The Zookeepers Wife," "Three Cups of Tea" and "Enrique's Journey."

You can vote here.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 11:48

Better World Books, an online book seller with a social mission, has partnered with select Whole Foods Markets to create the Better World Books at Whole Markets Book Club. Their maiden pick: Outcasts United. Details here.

I'll be at various Atlanta-area Whole Foods on Saturday, Oct. 17th conducting signings to help kick things off. Book clubs will meet at participating Whole Foods on December 3rd, and subsequent book club meetings for future selections will be held on the first Thursdays of each month. Whole Foods will provide refreshments, and a portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit Better World's Books for Africa program.

Hope to see you in Atlanta on Oct. 17th. In the meantime, look for these displays in participating Whole Foods Markets.


Friday, April 10, 2009 - 09:57

Several organizations have joined up to sponsor or support events for Outcasts United in the coming weeks, including the University of Alabama, Birmingham; Agnes Scott College; The Altamont School; the DeKalb Historical Society; Catalyst of Birmingham; and the Jackson Futbol Club. If your group is interested in partnering to promote discussions about teamwork and cross-cultural cooperation, please email


Monday, March 23, 2009 - 15:12

My book "Outcasts United: a Refugee Team, an American Town" will be published on April 21 in the U.S., and I'm going to be doing events around the country for a month or so following. Check out the events listings for dates and locations. We'll be adding content to the site over the next couple of weeks, including resources for teachers, so check back in. In the meantime, I encourage you to read this piece  from a few weeks back in the Times. It's a useful reminder of the challenges resettled refugees like those I write about in the book face in these difficult times.