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3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

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Thursday, August 10
 

3:00pm

Empowering Young Adult Readers: YA Authors Who Motivate Teens to Read
Sharon Draper, Nikki Grimes, Sharon Flake and Lamar Giles are successful young adult authors.  Teenagers of all colors gravitate to their books.  They speak in a voice that is real; they speak in a voice ground in truth, they speak in a voice teens understand.  Aren’t we fortunate that young black teens can turn to their books to help them make a way out of no way?  Hear these authors tell why they do what they do and are so successful at it.

Speakers
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Sharon Draper

YA/Chldren's Author
Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. She also won CSK honor... Read More →
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Sharon Flake

YA Author
Sharon G. Flake exploded onto the literary scene with her novel The Skin I'm In, in 1998, and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and won the CSK John Steptoe New Talent Award. Since then she has become a multiple Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award winner, in 2005 for Who... Read More →
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Lamar Giles

YA Author
Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar® Award Nominee FAKE ID, a second YA thriller ENDANGERED, a third, currently untitled YA novel from HarperCollins, as well as the forthcoming YA novel OVERTURNED from Scholastic Press... Read More →
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Nikki Grimes

YA Author
Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey's Choice... Read More →


4:00pm

Creating Stories Black Boys Read: A Conversation with Jason Reynolds

Young black males think the world of books is not for them. It is crucial to get our young males reading.   Jason Reynold is doing just that.  He is crazy about cool real life stories and he has promised not to write boring books.   Here's what I know says Jason “I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading.  I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, they hate boredom.”   It is not surprising that main characters in his books are young black males.  Using some of his own personal experiences, he wants to tell stories about people, families and neighborhoods that not everyone knows, or even considers. Jason Reynolds reveals his personal journey from poet to novelist.  He also tells us about his inspiration and desire to write books that reflect young black lives.  


Speakers
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Jason Reynolds

YA Author
Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. He is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten... Read More →


 
Friday, August 11
 

9:30am

Presenting Kelly Starling Lyons and Evelyn Coleman

Here are two ladies that have produced children’s literature worthy of praise.  They will share their latest books with you.

Lyons will share her Jada Jones chapter book series which debuts in September, 2017, published by Penguin.  

Evelyn Coleman is the award-winning author of a dozen books for young readers will share"Freedom Train," a 2008 book for young readers, which was chosen in 2010 for inclusion on the Georgia Center for the Book's first list of "25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read".

Speakers
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Evelyn Coleman

Author
Evelyn Coleman is the award-winning author of a dozen books for young readers as well as numerous short stories, essays and a novel for adults published over a long writing career. A resident of Atlanta, she is the author most recently of "Freedom Train," a 2008 book for young readers.Her... Read More →
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Kelly Starling Lyons

Children's Author
Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter book, NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal; CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott... Read More →


10:30am

And They Worked Happily Ever After: The Successful Collaboration of James & Lesa Cline Ransome
"Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who knows that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together." Barbara Cage
The Hudson Valley based married couple of James and Lesa Cline Ransome, have worked together to build a family, to create a home and join forces to create wonderful children books. James is the illustrator, and Lesa is in charge of the words. The couple has collaborated on books such as Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong, FreedomSchool, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass and Light in the Darkness. Be on the lookout for their fall release Before She was Harriet (Holiday House). Hear the couple talk about their working process. You will be surprised how it all comes together. The Ransomes' appearance is partially funded by Hoilday House.

Speakers
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James & Lesa Cline Ransome

Children's Illustrator/Author
James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome collaborated on their first book together with the biography Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year. They later created Quilt Alphabet, a collection of alphabet poems, Quilt Counting... Read More →


1:00pm

Books As A Catalyst for Social Change - Gil Robertson
Gil Robertson is the author of a new book “Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past & Present” published by Just Us Books.    This collection of biographies on game-changing and pioneering elected political leaders is intended to introduce young readers especially to not only dynamic personalities but to the concept of individual and political leadership.   Robertson will lead a conversation with members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus on how literature can be used as a source for leadership development in the Black Community.

Speakers
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Gil Robertson

Author
For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution... Read More →


2:00pm

Atlanta’s Own- R. Gregory Christie & Calvin Ramsey

 R. Gregory Christie came to Atlanta more than a decade ago to care for his ailing father. Atlanta shares Cauvin Ramsey with New York.  Atlanta gladly claims them both.  Christie's career has flourished in Atlanta’s nurturing artistic environment.   Ramsey divides his time between Atlanta and New York.  The  Ruth abd Green Book author has staged live performances of the book.

 

 


Speakers
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R. Gregory Christie

Children's Illustrator
R. Gregory Christie is an Atlanta-based commercial artist and illustrator with over 20 years of experience and over 50 books to his credit. He currently works as a freelance illustrator and owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements). Most recently he won a Coretta Scott King Honor... Read More →
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Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Children's Author & Playwright
The playwright and author Calvin Alexander Ramsey, was raised in the South and now a current dual resident of Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. He is the author of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book published in 2010, and the play “The Green Book,” first produced... Read More →


3:00pm

Collaboration: Words to Art

Awarding winning author Carole Boston Weatherford collaborated with her son Jeffery to bring the amazing story Tuskegee Airmen in You Can Fly.  How did Jeffery take his mother elegant poetic words and translate them to art for book?  Hear about this magically collaboration and how choosing the scratchboard black and white illustrations were a success. 


Speakers
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Carole Boston Weatherford

Children's Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including Voice of Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor; Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration... Read More →
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Jeffery Weatherford

Illustrator
An award-winning children’s book illustrator, fine artist and poet, Jeffery Boston Weatherford is founder of the global online hip hop collective Triiibe Worldwide. His debut book, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, received starred reviews and was selected among the year’s best books by Kirkus Review, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, Cooperative Children's Book Cenyer, and New York Public Library. His fine art has shown in North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He designed and published the... Read More →


Friday August 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Bringing It: Authors Zetta Elliot, Renee Watson & Tonya Bolden

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.

 


Speakers
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Tonya Bolden

Children's Author
Tonya Bolden is a critically acclaimed award-winning author/co-author/editor of more than two dozen books for young readers including the forthcoming Crossing Ebenezer Creek, publishing with Bloomsbury in Spring 2017. Her books include How to Build a Museum, the story of the Smithsonian... Read More →
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Zetta Elliott

YA/Children's Author
Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, School Library... Read More →
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Renee Watson

YA/Children's Author
Renee Watson is the author of the teen novels, published by Bloomsbury Children’s books, This Side of Home and Piecing Me Together, which has received three starred reviews, as well as the middle grade novel, What Mamma Left Me, which debuted as an ABC New Voices Pick. Her work... Read More →


 
Saturday, August 12
 

9:30am

Up and Coming Atlanta Writers

Watch these two authors as they offer us some appealing children"s book.  Lewis presents Valerie's New Friends a story about friendship and racial acceptance. The book includes a teacher's guide for educators to introduce topics of diversity in the classroom

Wright introduces us joyful queen Imani who tries save her kingdom in Queen Imani: Queen of love and Smiles and plans to develop a series which includes Jay Christopher's Big Surprise.


Speakers
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Andrea Lewis

Andrea D. Lewis, Ph.D., is an educator who values and models academic excellence. After perfecting the skill of teaching her dolls with an easel and confiscated worksheets from her mother’s classroom, Dr. Lewis graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College. She also earned a Master... Read More →
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Sandra Wright

Dr. Sandra Wright is a graduate of Florida A & M University. She was a 5th grade teacher for a few years before starting her own business, and eventually leading her to start writing. She loved visiting the library as a youth. Her love for books, led her to eventually start writing... Read More →


10:00am

Ladies of Contemporary Fiction
Kimberla Lawson Roby and ReShonda Tate Billingsley are definitely ladies of the contemporary novel. They keep fans turning pages and anxiously awaiting the next book. Kimberla Lawson Roby will share her new book The Sinful Woman while ReShondra Tate Billingsley will talk about her new release The Perfect Mistress.  Her book The Secret She Kept will be an original TV One movie in July 2017.

Speakers
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ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Adult Author
ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s #1 national bestselling novels include Let the Church Say Amen, I Know I’ve Been Changed, and Say Amen, Again, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Her collaboration with Victoria Christopher Murray has produced three hit novels... Read More →
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Kimberla Lawson Roby

Adult Author
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 24 novels. She has sold more than 2.7 Million copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly... Read More →


1:00pm

The Dynamic Duo: Denene Millner and Nike Chiles

Learn about the art of collaboration and creativity from this dynamic couple.  They have penned several relationship books and a few novels together.  They have also helped to bring many celebrity biographies to publication.  New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is an award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment book publishing industries.  She has penned 25 books, including Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, co-written with Steve Harvey, Around the Way Girl, a memoir with actress Taraji P. Henson, Believing in Magic with Cookie Johnson and Never Make the Mistake Twice with Nene Leakes.  Over the course of his 30-year career, Nick Chiles has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost chroniclers of African American life , culture and celebrity-both as a best -selling author and as an award winning journalist. Chiles co-authored with Bobby Brown on the memoir, Every Little Step: My Story, the Rev Al Sharpton on his New York Times best-seller The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and The Path To American Leadership, Kirk Franklin The Blueprint; A Plan For Living Above Life’s Storm, Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge with retired NBA center Etan as well as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Faith in the Dream.  In 2014 he was a NCCAP finalist for book Justice While Black: Helping African American Families Navigate the Criminal Justice System with attorney Robbin Shipp.   Aren’t you excited to hear from this Dynamic Duo?


Speakers
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Nike Chiles

Adult Author
Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and three-time New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 14 books, including books with Bobby Brown, Kirk Franklin, Rev. Al Sharpton, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Star Jones, NBA veteran Etan Thomas, attorney... Read More →
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Denene Millner

Author
New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is an award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting, social media and book publishing industries. The former Parenting magazine columnist has penned 25 books... Read More →


Saturday August 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Atlanta’s Own - R. Gregory Christie & Calvin Alexander Ramsey

R. Gregory Christie came to Atlanta more than a decade ago to care for his ailing father. Since then Atlanta has had the fortune to have him as one of their own   Christie career has flourished in Atlanta’s nurturing artistic environment.

Atlanta shares Calvin Alexander Ramsey with New York City.   He is the author of Ruth and Green Book, which makes available for young people information on the Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow.


Speakers
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R. Gregory Christie

Children's Illustrator
R. Gregory Christie is an Atlanta-based commercial artist and illustrator with over 20 years of experience and over 50 books to his credit. He currently works as a freelance illustrator and owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements). Most recently he won a Coretta Scott King Honor... Read More →
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Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Children's Author & Playwright
The playwright and author Calvin Alexander Ramsey, was raised in the South and now a current dual resident of Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. He is the author of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book published in 2010, and the play “The Green Book,” first produced... Read More →


2:00pm

Black Writers in Atlanta

Atlanta authors write about a variety of topics both fiction and non-fiction.  Hear these authors and get whisked away into their exciting stories often set right here in the South. We are proud to present authors Anthony Grooms, Akinyele Umoja and Penny Mickelbury.  Join us as we highlight authors from Atlanta who are contributing to the evolving landscape of African American literature.


Speakers
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Anthony Grooms

Atlanta Author
Anthony Grooms has taught at The University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Södertörns högskola in Sweden and, for more than 20 years at Kennesaw State in Georgia. He the author of ICE POEMS, TROUBLE NO MORE:STORIES and BOMBINGHAM, a novel.  A new novel, THE VAIN CONVERSATION, is... Read More →
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Penny Mickelbury

Adult Author
Penny Mickelbury is playwright and mystery novelist who worked as a print and television journalist for ten years before concentrating on fiction writing. She is the author of ten mystery novels in three successful series: The Carol Ann Gibson Mysteries, the Mimi Patterson/Gianna... Read More →
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Akinyele Umoja

Atlanta Author
Akinyele Umoja is Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American studies at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on the history of the civil rights and Black Power movements and other social movements. He has been a community activist for over 40 years. His... Read More →


 

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