Alex Gino, who authored the middle-school novel “George,” will visit Fresno State for free, public talks at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on April 9 at the University Dining Hall.

The Stonewall Award-winning book tells the story of a young girl who is denied the opportunity to play the character of Charlotte in the school’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” because she is seen as a boy named George. Her best friend, Kelly, is the only one who knows her secret, and together they devise a plan to once and for all let her be who she really is.

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, the Cross Cultural and Gender Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + Allies Network at Fresno State and the community organization Trans-E-Motion partnered to bring Gino to speak for Fresno State’s Diversity Week kickoff on April 9.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Campus parking for either event is recommended in Lot P27 near the corner of Shaw and Cedar avenues. Enter parking code 218824 into the parking permit dispenser located just off of Rowell Avenue.

On April 10, Gino’s visit will include a presentation and ice cream extravaganza for students in a local elementary school classroom. Gino also will talk to a Fresno State LGBT+ English class that is reading “George” this semester.

For more information, including disability accommodations or physical access, call 559.278.8116 or email Jami Helwig at

Related Links:

Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature:
Cross Cultural and Gender Center:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + Allies Network:
Fresno State Safe ZONE Program:

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