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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its 17th annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including musical and spoken word performances by community youth and a tribute …