Author Helen Thorpe at Saint John's Cathedral

Helen Thorpe will be at Saint John’s Cathedral on May 20 at 4 p.m. to talk about her latest book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. The book follows a group of 22 newly-arrived teenagers from Syria, Iraq, Burma, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other war-torn places taking a beginner-level English Language Acquisition class at South High School in Denver. In her book, Thorpe explores the questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage all while putting a human face on these debates.

HELEN THORPE is a writer who lives in Denver, Colorado. She has been a staff writer for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly. She has also written freelance stories for the New York Times Magazine, Slate, and other publications. Her radio stories have aired on This American Life and Sound Print. The Newcomers is her third book.


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