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Author Carmen Agra Deedy was born in Havana and immigrated to Georgia with her family during the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution. She has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for almost twenty years. Her books have received numerous awards and honors. She lives in Georgia. www.carmendeedy.com and www.beautifulmartina.com
Collaborator Wilson Kimel Naiyomah, a native of Kenya, received an MS in molecular biology from Stanford University in 2008. He was awarded a Rotary International World Peace Fellowship and began studies in peace and conflict resolution in Australia in spring 2010.

The Rotary World Peace Fellows graduate studies program helps equip the next generation of leaders with the skills needed to reduce the threat of war and violence. The fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Says Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: "Rotary Peace Fellows are a fantastic bunch of human beings. They believe, and I believe, it is possible to have a world without war." The graduate program is offered at Rotary Centers for International Studies located at leading universities in Argentina, Australia, England, Japan, and the United States. The Rotary Center in Thailand offers a three-month certificate program for mid-level professionals. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace. About 1.2 million men and women belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. For more information, visit: www.rotary.org.

Learn more about Kimeli's projects here.
Illustrator Thomas Gonzalez, also born in Havana, moved as a child to the United States, where he became friends with Carmen Deedy. An artist and painter, he directed advertising campaigns for such clients as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald's. Gonzalez lives in Georgia.


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