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Saturday, January 9, 2016

CELEBRATION: January 27th is Multicultural Children's Book Day!

Thanks to author, blogger Mia Wenjen , and team of wonderful children's authors and book promoters - Multicultural Children's Book Day is happening again this year on January 27, 2016!! I am happy to be an Author Sponsor for this wonderful celebration of multicultural children's books!  

We STILL need #diverse children's books! And we need to celebrate them widely.  We need more children's authors of diverse children's books and more children's editor/publishers who have an interest in a myriad of stories, told by diverse author perspectives AND FOR diverse young readers around the globe.  Support this wonderful initiative and find our more about Multicultural Children's Book Day here!

- DuEwa
Author of Deanne in the Middle, young adult novel 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

5/14 EVENT: Elizabeth Alexander Gives Talk on The Light of the World - Chicago

Award winning poet, professor and memoirist Elizabeth Alexander is scheduled to give a talk on her recent release, The Light of the World (2015, Grand Central Publishing) at Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago.  

Elizabeth will discuss her memoir, which transforms the unexpected death of her husband into a compelling, heartfelt work of art. The event will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

AWARDS: Digest by Gregory Pardlo Wins the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Congratulations to poet Gregory Pardlo who was recently awarded the covetous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his 2014 collection, Digest (Four Way Books)!

About the Poet

Gregory Pardlo is the author of Totem, which received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007, and Digest, (Four Way Books, 2014), which was nominated for the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, and Tin House, as well as anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and two editions of Best American Poetry. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. An Associate Editor of Callaloo, he is currently a Teaching Fellow in Undergraduate Writing at Columbia University.

5/17 EVENT: We Need Diverse Books YA Author Panel in Austin

Book People in Austin, TX presents:


And we need them NOW! Join us this afternoon as five awesome YA authors are here to discuss diversity in YA literature. I. W. Gregorio, Natalie C. Parker, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton and Marike Nijkamp will all be here to talk about their novels, their writing processes, and why we need more books that reflect the big, beautiful, dynamic world we all share. Austin author Cynthia Leitich Smith will moderate the conversation. We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. We're honored to host an official WNDB event and cannot wait to welcome these fantastic authors to BookPeople!

After the public event, the authors will host a writing workshop here at BookPeople. Space for the workshop is limited. If you'd like to attend, RSVP as soon as you can.

NEW RELEASE! Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton present TINY PRETTY THINGS

The New School MFA in Creative Writing Program, my alma mater, has cultivated a cadre of talented children's writers who have stopped at nothing to be leaders in the genre of young adult and middle grade fiction.  Within this list of talented and prolific children's writers who are alums of the New School Writing for Children program include: Tonya Hegamin, Jenny Han, Caela Carter, Coe Booth and now Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (class of 2012).  

I met both Sona and Dhonielle at The New School during a children's literature workshop we took with YA author and Scholastic editor, David Levithan.
Sona and Dhonielle have done much to bring issues in children's publishing to the forefront in recent years, particularly within the We Need Diverse Books movement.

The duo is now set to release their first project, a young adult novel TINY PRETTY THINGS, after founding CAKE Literary, a literary development company.

Sona and Dhonielle are scheduled for an official book launch of TINY PRETTY THINGS on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6-8pm at Books of Wonder in New York City.  Their new book is certainly on my list for summer reading!

Congratulations to Sona and Dhonielle!

The Jumbies are COMING! NEW RELEASE by Tracey Baptiste

I met fellow children's writer, Tracey Baptiste at the First Annual Kweli Children's Book Writers Conference in New York City earlier this year.  She's a writer with great energy, and like many of us, is on a mission to add diversity to the world of children's books.  I wish to congratulate Tracey on the release of THE JUMBIES.  She will have a second book launch event on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at La Casa Azul Bookstore from 6-8pm

Check out reviews of The Jumbies:

“Endlessly addictive and hypnotic.” Essence Magazine 

“This girl’s got guts . . . Corrine La Mer brings badassery and wisdom beyond her years. Launching brave kids into the world of the horror novel, and leading them through it with lyrical prose, author Tracey Baptiste knows just how to seize kids’ attention.”—Foreword Reviews

“It’s refreshing to see a fantasy with its roots outside Europe . . . this is a book worth reading simply for its originality.”—Kirkus Reviews

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEWS! DuEwa is the 2015 Returning Artist for U. City Arts & Letters!

Poet & Author, DuEwa Frazier

The Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters for University City (MCALUC) has named writer, educator, and award-nominated poet DuEwa Frazier as its 2015 Returning Artist. This year will be the 21st anniversary of the Returning Artist Program, which brings artistically renowned University City High School (UCHS) graduates back to work with current students. The Commission’s two goals with the program are to encourage students to investigate careers in the arts and to enrich the school’s art programs.

Frazier graduated from UCHS. Frazier is an award nominated poet and educator who not only has several volumes of poetry published  “Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems,” and “Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children” but is also the editor and publisher of the NAACP Image Award nominated book, “Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees.”  She is the author of the newly released young adult novel, "Deanne in the Middle."

Past returning artists have included visual artists, glassblowers, photographers, writers, filmmakers, graphic designers, videographers, animators, instrumental musicians, composers, actors, singers, and dancers. Workshops with students will take place during the first week in February, at several of the city’s schools. A public reception in celebration of this year’s program is scheduled for February 5, at 7 pm, in the UCHS library.

Visit University City Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters