In two weeks I’ll be attending the Harlem Book Fair—will you? I’ll be on this panel on 7/17, and on 7/18 I’ll be doing a reading/signing/writing workshop at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2-4pm). Hope to see you there!
White and Whatever: Diversity in Children’s & Young Adult Book Publishing Schomburg/Hughes Auditorium (Televised Live on C-Span’s Book-TV) 3:55p – 5:10p
The United States is an extremely diverse nation. But books for children and young adults hardly reflect that diversity. Only a small percentage of the books published every year are written and or illustrated by people of color. Many of these don’t make it to the market place. Why, in 2010, when the nation has elected its first African American president, is the book publishing industry still not meeting the need and demand for books that explore the width and breadth of our country’s multicultural experiences? This panel will explore the complex issues and suggest solutions to a problem that is garnering a lot of attention.
MODERATOR: Wade Hudson, Publisher, Just Us Books
PANELISTS: Jerry Craft, Mamma’s Boyz; Zetta Elliott, A Wish After Midnight; Cheryl Willis Hudson, My Friend Maya Loves to Dance; Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati, Publicist; Director, African American Children’s Book Project; Nick Burd, The Vast Fields of Ordinary (Dial) Book signing immediately following discussion in Schomburg lobby.