Authors Tonya Bolden, Zetta Elliott and Renee Watson use words and actions to reach young people. By developing concepts that reveal the political and social nature of institutions their writings engage young people's minds and spirits, urging them to become literate and active community members. Yet, why is it so difficult for them and other marginalized authors to be published? This panel will discuss why decolonization of children's literature is so critical and their work to promote and protect our history. Their projects include promoting self-publishing, restoring Langston Hughes home and writing about the National African American Museum.
Grand Hyatt Hotel [Buckhead]
Highland V //Children & Youth Program
A panel with Tonya Bolden, Zetta Elliott and Renée Watson.
These ladies are not only authors but activists demanding diversity in children’s literature. They walk the walk and talk the talk. Learn how they have improved access to minority characters in children’s books through their own might.
Grand Hyatt Atlanta [Buckhead]
Ballroom II // Authors Pavilion
828 Broadway [at 12th Street]
Come celebrate exciting new books by Peter Catapano, Abby Sher, Renée Watson, Sarah Gerard and Rakesh Satyal in this gathering of superb writers, editors and agents sharing the secrets of the publishing trade! The panel will be moderated by New School professor Susan Shapiro, author of the novel What’s Never Said.
Schedule Of Renee's Events:
Location: Rogers Hall
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Start of Signing: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Geektown HQ
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Start of Signing: 3:15 p.m.
I, Too, Arts Collective kicks off its Creative Conversation Series by welcoming Jason Reynolds and Renée Watson. The two authors will read from their work and talk about their writing process. A Q&A and book signing will follow. Books will be available for sale by Bank Street Bookstore.
Join Renée as she celebrates the publication of Piecing Me Together, her latest young adult novel. Renée will read new poems and excerpts from her novels. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public.
North Portland Library
512 N Killingsworth Street, Portland
Renée will give a short reading and poetry workshop for Oregon teachers.
The poet Shelley said that writers are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. In this way, young adult literature with its focus on racism, inequality, social injustice, war, and challenged politics, functions as activism. This panel, comprised of four writers and a professor in the field, explores the renaissance of political and social issues in YA fiction. Contemporary culture skates a more dangerous landscape, and in its unsparing honesty, the fiction becomes a form of social action.
Panelists: Pamela L. Laskin, Brendan Kiely, Caroline Bock, Suzanne Weyn, Renée Watson
Location: Liberty Salon L, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Washington, DC
Five young adult authors will discuss the importance of the recent hashtag movement Black Girl Magic and its connection to young adult literature featuring black girls. From stories that tackle gentrification, magical realism, and pregnancy, black girls are at the center of these narratives that provide both mirrors and windows into their inner lives. Authors will also discuss the aesthetic power of black girls featured on YA covers, and the significance of black women telling their own stories.
Panelists: Dhonielle J. Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Tiffany D. Jackson, Renée Watson, Ibi Zoboi
Location: Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Join us for a day of readings, author signings, and special activities. Featured guests include Renée Watson, Christian Robinson, Kwame Alexander, Gregory Christie, Shadra Strickland, and Kelly Starling Lyons. *This event is free and open to the public
Community College of Philadelphia, 17 Spring Garden Street