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Inside and Out

Online Event: PRIDE — LGBTQ Storytelling: Mental Health, Joy, and Intersecting Identities with Las Musas


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Monday, 4:00 pm June 22, 2020

4pm ET / 1pm PT

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We are proud to partner with Las Musas, a collective of women and non-binary (identifying on the female spectrum) Latinx Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult debut authors. Members of the collective will read from their work, followed by insights on how literature can be a place of discovery, community, refuge, and celebration for young people. They will cover a range of issues and topics that kids face—homelessness, romance, unrequited love, racial discrimination, gender identity, drug use, sex, and mental health.

Inside and Out is a new series from The Center for Fiction to run this Pride Month 2020! The  series offers solace and affirmation to the LGBTQ+ community during a time of isolation from trusted social groups and support networks. Featuring a phenomenal line-up of authors whose books center the unique experiences of queer characters, conversations will explore how sexuality and gender identity intersect with race, class, religion, and nationality.


Las Musas

Las Musas is the first collective of women and non-binary (identifying on the female spectrum) Latinx middle-grade (MG), picture book (PB), and young adult (YA) authors to come together in an effort to support and amplify each other’s debut or sophomore novels in US children’s literature. Titles by Las Musas are published by major houses including Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic), Charlesbridge, Disney-Hyperion, Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins), Knopf, Lee & Low, Page Street, Scholastic, Tor Teen and Walden Pond Press (Harper Collins), and Simon & Schuster. The Latinx community is an incredibly vast and diverse group of people that includes Afro-Latinx, Indigenous Latinx, Asian Latinx, white Latinx, and any and all combinations of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Latinx is not tied to any specific race, but is rather a classification term referring to people with cultural ties to Latin America. Las Musas represent Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay.

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