‟Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?”
—WALTER DEAN MYERS
"In a career spanning over 45 years, Walter Dean Myers wrote more than 100 books for children of all ages. His impressive body of work includes two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books."
Join us at Poet's Den Theater in East Harlem, NY on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5-9PM as we prepare to honor his legacy with a conference that celebrates diversity in storytelling. Our winter conference is an excellent opportunity to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. The evening will include author readings, a panel discussion, one-on-one pitch sessions and a reception. Kweli is also proud to present "The Art of Sara Woolley," on display at Poets Den Gallery from January 13 - February 10. The first twenty people to register for the conference by January 3 will win free book giveaways and other prizes.
Participating industry professionals include:
Tracey Baptiste (Author of The Jumbies / editor at Rosen Publishing)
Sulay Hernandez (Editor / founder of Unveiled Ink Book Consulting)
Cheryl Willis Hudson (Founder / Editorial Director of Just Us Books)
Charles Johnson (Co-author / illustrator of Bending Time, The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder)
Elisheba Johnson (Co-author of Bending Time, The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder)
Cheryl Klein (Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic)
Daniel José Older (Author of Shadowshaper, Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic)
Isabel Quintero (Author of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces / Cinco Puntos Press)
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author of 8th Grade Super Zero, Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic)
Danette Vigilante (Author of Saving Baby Doe, G.P. Putnam Son's)
Stacy Whitman (Founder / Publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books)
Leila Gómez Woolley (Author of Los Pirineos the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez)
Sara Woolley (Illustrator of Los Pirineos the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez)
Phoebe Yeh (Vice President / Publisher Crown Books for Young Readers, Random House Children's Books)
Click here to learn more about the presenters.
Click here for the conference program.
Conference Registration Fee: $50