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Acts of Exclusion: A Conversation with Tiffany Jana

Artist, author, and consultant Tiffany Jana (Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions) discusses their work and newest book, a practical handbook that helps individuals and …

March 15, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM
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Finding Home: Memoirs

Authors Louis Chude-Sokei (Floating in a Most Peculiar Way) and Nadia Owusu (Aftershocks) discuss their memoirs, extraordinary stories that trace the authors’ lives through entangled relationships with loved ones across …

March 19, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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NBF Presents: The Work of Fiction

Three 2020 honorees for the National Book Award for Fiction Rumaan Alam (Leave the World Behind, Finalist), Megha Majumdar (A Burning, Longlist), and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Finalist) discuss their books and fiction’s place in contemporary American culture, with Randy Winston.

March 13, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM
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Environmental Injustice: Reckoning with American Waste

Nonfiction writers Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains), Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy), and Catherine Coleman Flowers (Waste: One Woman’s Fight …

March 20, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM
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Trouble on the Road: S.A. Cosby and Walter Mosley in Conversation

Crime-writing phenom S.A. Cosby (Blacktop Wasteland) and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Walter Mosley (Blood Grove) discuss their newest books in conversation with Stephen Mack Jones. Cosby presents a …

March 20, 2021 | 4PM – 5PM
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Yellow Wife with Sadeqa Johnson

Novelist Sadeqa Johnson discusses her latest book, Yellow Wife, the harrowing story of an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

March 24, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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Little Dreamers with Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison (Little Dreamers) reads from and discusses her work as well as how she became an author-illustrator. A Q&A featuring students’ pre-submitted questions will also be included.

March 23, 2021 | 12PM – 12:30PM
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BIPOC Voices in Speculative Fiction

Catherine Hernandez (Crosshairs) and Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer) discuss their works of speculative fiction for YA and adult audiences, as well as their experiences as women of color writing BIPOC characters in science fiction and fantasy.

March 21, 2021 | 4PM – 4:45PM
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Before the Ever After with Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson discusses her new book for young readers, Before the Ever After, a stirring novel-in-verse exploring the cost of professional sports on Black bodies and the ways a family moves forward when their glory days have passed. A Q&A featuring students’ pre-submitted questions will also be included.

March 16, 2021 | 2PM – 2:30PM
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Reading Under the Influence: Music, History & Race

Regina Bradley (Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of Hip-Hop South), Adam Gussow (Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of Music), and Claudrena Harold (When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras) discuss the ways that music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music.

March 15, 2021 | 7PM – 8:30PM
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I See Myself: Diversity in Children’s Literature

Angela Dominguez (Stella Díaz Dreams Big), Vashti Harrison (Little Dreamers), and Dub Leffler (Once There Was a Boy) discuss the importance of diversity in children’s literature and how their past and current projects embrace inclusive storytelling, from stories that highlight Mexican-American childhood and include Spanish vocabulary, to books that celebrate Black leaders and engage with Indigenous Australian identity and history.

March 25, 2021 | 4PM – 5PM
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