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Global Week 2020 Reading List

Global Week 2020 Reading List

Interested in learning more about this year’s Global Week theme, Seats at the Table: Women, Peace, and Security? ACE Center TA Riley ’20 helped us compile these book recommendations to help anyone from sixth graders to faculty explore the topic. All of the books listed below are available in the library!

Leading the Way: Women in Power by Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell

Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women edited by Paula Goldman

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by Kaelyn Rich

Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils by Queen of the Neighborhood Collective

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani

1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe by 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize

Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change edited by Barbara Kellerman and Deborah L. Rhode

Why Women Should Rule the World by Dee Dee Meyers


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Interview with Chrishaunda Lee Perez

Interview with Chrishaunda Lee Perez

We’ve been lucky to host a number of author visits already this year! Our TA Lishan ‘20 sat down with one visiting writer. Read the interview below!


In early September, I had the opportunity to interview Chrishaunda Perez, the author of We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women when she came to visit Castilleja. Chrishaunda told me she had always enjoyed writing, filling many journals with her thoughts, and noting that she “just evolved writing into a profession.” She attended an all-girls boarding school in Connecticut and she said that experience and the teachers there influenced and cultivated her writing. After graduating from college, she ended up becoming a public relations professional in the fashion industry, combining both writing and fashion. When Chrishaunda had her first daughter, she took to writing during the quiet and introspective moments that caring for her daughter provided. She said that she wrote “a lot of things that I hated, a lot of things that I would never share with anyone…but at least I was getting my ideas on the paper.” After gaining a little more confidence, she began writing essays and started a blog that often touched on taboo topics regarding women. Chrishaunda one day thought to herself, “I wanna write something that’s just longer.”

It took Chrishaunda seven years to write her book We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women. The book takes place at a boarding school and has many girls from around the world and of different backgrounds, including voices that she thinks we “don’t have enough of in literature.” She adds, “Often times [in literature], their lives are being seen through the eyes of their white friends.” She expressed to me that she did get a bit of push-back from people who believed some of the experiences she was writing about were not commercially viable, for example, people who told her to make the black girl in her story “rougher.” At this point, I mention a video that I watched for English last year called “The Power of a Single Story,” which emphasized the consequences of having only one narrative that is being used to draw conclusions about a group of people or a place. Chrishaunda has watched this too, and she says “It’s not even the power of a single story, it’s the danger of a single story.”

Chrishaunda’s book is authentic to what she knows from her high school experience. She said, “I’ll tell you what it’s not, because I didn’t experience these things. I don’t talk about drugs, I don’t talk about bullies, the book doesn’t talk a whole lot about obsession with boys, because that’s just not my experience.” Instead, We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women explores themes of being there for one another, body shifts, culture, sexuality, friend and parental tension, and more with complexity.

One of the most impactful things Chrishaunda told me was the deeper purpose behind her work. She said, “I thoroughly enjoy communicating and spreading information to people that will help uplift them through comedy, through drama, and you really just talk about topics that are otherwise difficult to discuss, because it’s all about healing.”

As Thanksgiving break approaches, I encourage you to borrow Chrishaunda’s book We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women from the library!


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Printing and Book Arts Workshops at Casti!

Printing and Book Arts Workshops at Casti!

The love of books meets hands-on making in this new series of workshops. Everyone’s invited – students, siblings, parents and grandparents – come one, come all! But space will be limited, so sign up promptly. First workshop: 11/22/19 at 3:15 – Making Matchbox Books with Casti Alumna Kit Day! Questions? Email a librarian.

Matchbox Books
Instructor Kit Davey
Book artist and Casti Alumna Kit Davey offers a hands-on workshop for young and old! Integrating paper collage and three dimensional components, matchbox books allow for originality and creativity to shine through. Check out some of Kit’s work on Instagram @daveykit and at
Location: Casti Library
Friday 11/22/19 3:15 – 5:30 pm  – no need to stay the whole time. The goal is to start and finish your own project!
Limited to 25 participants RSVP here

Tinkering with Type 
Instructor Patrick Fenton
Instructor Patrick Fenton Brooklyn’s Swayspace Studio introduces traditional typesetting techniques. Participants will set type for a collaborative project and create finished pieces to take home.
Location: Lockey House Printing Studio
Saturday 4/25/19 10:30 am – 2 pm with a break for lunch
RSVP will be available in April.

Text and Image in Letterpress 
Instructor Lara Durback
This class will incorporate multiple printing techniques. We will experiment with layering graphic imagery, using polymer plate printing, and text, using classic wooden type. Leave with some creative prints!
Friday 1/10/19 (a non-school day) 10:30 am – 2 pm with a break for lunch
RSVP will be available in January.


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Edible Book Festival Winners!

Edible Book Festival Winners!

Between the games, trivia, and abundance of cakes and tasty treats, yesterday’s Edible Book Festival was a great event! Thanks to everyone who helped out, attended, or participated, and a big congratulations to this year’s winners!

For those who couldn’t make it for the awards presentation, here are the results of the vote:

Best Simple Idea “A Snicker” Nina F. ’22

Healthiest “Two Healthy Sisters” Ademi R. ’26

Punniest/Funniest “Lord of the Funyun Rings” Alida C. ’26 and Clara K. ’26

Best Food Eaten in a Book “Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes” Finn L. ’23

Most Original “The Pied Piper” Hannah R. ’23

Most Shakespeare-licious “The Horrible Hand of Murder” Claire C. ’22

Technical Merit “Tea Time in Wonderland” Zara M. ’25

People’s Choice “Between Shades of Oreos” Ella D. ’24, Julie S. ’24, Sam S. ’24


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November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Shannon Messenger with Lisa McMann discuss Legacy, the newest installment in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Thursday November 7, 6:00-9:00
Smithwick Theater, Foothill College presented by Kepler’s Books
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
More information here

Marissa Meyer in celebration of Supernova, the final book in the Renegades trilogy.
Friday November 8, 7:00-9:00
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here

Sally Rooney, author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends, in conversation with Heidi Julavits and benefiting the 826 Valencia Scholarship Program.
Friday November 8, 7:30
Sydney Goldstein Theater
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
More information here

Local writer Shannon Price talks to Randy Ribay about her debut novel, A Thousand Fires.
Saturday November 9, 4:00
Books Inc.
1875 S. Bascom Avenue Suite #600, Campbell
More information here

Laura Taylor Namey in celebration of her debut novel, The Library of Lost Things.
Thursday November 14, 7:00
1875 S. Bascom Avenue Suite #600, Campbell
More information here

Eoin Colfer introduces his new book, The Fowl Twins, part of the expanded Artemis Fowl universe.
Friday November 15, 7:00-9:o0
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here



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Edible Book Festival

Edible Book Festival

Get excited!!!

The highly anticipated Edible Book Festival is right around the corner! Feel free to stop in during the day on Monday, November 4 but be sure to join us after school until 5:30 for trivia, prizes, tasty treats, and a chance to win a super cute and cuddly avocado!

Award categories are: Best Simple Idea, Healthiest, Funniest/Punniest, Best Food Eaten in a Book, Most Original, Technical Merit, Most Shakespeare-licious, and People’s Choice. We can’t wait to see what you all cook up! Pre-register here. Here are a few of last year’s entries for inspiration:


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