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Woke Baby Book Fair


Saturday, August 3, 2019 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

The Woke Baby Book Fair will take place rain or shine!

A lively day of storytelling, music, dance, and soundscapes to inspire our next generation of change-makers! The first annual WOKE BABY BOOK FAIR is a literary partnership between poet and activist Mahogany L. Browne and The Center for Fiction. The fair focuses on social justice-themed children’s books.

Special guest readers include Jason Reynolds, Ricardo Cortés, Dhonielle Clayton, Candice Iloh, José Olivarez, and more!

Activity Schedule

10:30 – 1:30pm Facepaint Station run by Tribal Face Adornments

10:30 – 1:30pm Bookmark Making Station run by BK Slam Team

Each story will be followed by a book signing while DJ plays.

10:45-10:55 Lindsay reads Princess Hair by Sharee Miller

11:00-11:10 José Olivarez reads a selection of his poem & Dreamers/Soñadores by Yuyi Morales

11:15-11:25 CJ reads Crown: An Ode the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

11:30-11:40 Radi reads A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Buckingham Slade

11:45-11:55 Mahogany L. Browne reads from her children’s picture book Woke Baby accompanied by poet and dancer Anthony McPherson

12:00 – 12:30 Jason Reynolds reads an excerpt from his YA book A Long Way Down. Performed by Theater Collective: Anju Collective

12:35-12:50 Break

12:50-1:00 Dhonielle Clayton reads her YA fantasy book The Belles

1:05-1:15 Ibi Zoboi reads from her middle-grade book My Life As an Ice Cream Sandwich

1:20-1:30 Ricardo Cortés reads Party: A Mystery by Jamaica Kincaid, illustrated by Cortés

1:35-1:45 Candice Iloh reads an excerpt from I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

1:50-2:00  Cyrus, Aaron and Max perform Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

2:05-2:30 Wrap-Up/DJ Tunes Out — Music Provided by BKHP

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  • Mahogany Browne Portrait

    Mahogany L. Browne

    Curator of Woke Baby Book Fair

    Mahogany L. Browne

    Curator of Woke Baby Book Fair

    Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. Currently, the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, Browne has received fellowships from Arts for Justice Fund, Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Mellon Research, Poets House & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke Baby and Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook/Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books), Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books) and forthcoming Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice (Roaring Brook/Macmillan). She resides in Brooklyn, NY.