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Making the Unseen, Seen: Giving Voice to Diverse Characters in Fiction and Beyond

  • Memorial Student Center Ballroom, University of Wisconsin–Stout 302 10th Ave. East Menomonie, WI, 54751 United States (map)

Neel Patel


This event is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Stout.

This program will discuss the importance of turning peripheral characters into primary ones, both its challenges and delights. Gain a better understanding of the impact literature, television, and film have on shaping the identities of people from different walks of life.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

NEEL PATEL is an author and screenwriter who grew up in Champaign, Illinois. His writing has appeared in ELLE India, on Buzzfeed, and other publications. His first book, If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice pick and an NPR Best Book of 2018. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is developing a television series and writing a novel.