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!
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
12:50-1:00 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
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.
Gender, Bodies, and Machines: Susan Steinberg and Heidi Kumao On Form — Co-presented with YaddoCo-presented with Yaddo. An exploration into thematic and formal connections between visual art and fiction for a cross-disciplinary...
Well-Read Black Girl Festival Kickoff with Glory Edim and Staceyann ChinWell-Read Black Girl welcomes world-renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin to the 3rd annual #WRBGFest kick-off party
Sold Out – Black Lives/White Gaze: Playwrights Jackie Sibblies Drury and Claudia Rankine in ConversationThis event is sold out. Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fairview, investigates...
Story/Teller: Deborah Levy Presents The Man Who Saw EverythingProfessional actor(s) will read from Deborah Levy’s latest The Man Who Saw Everything, long-listed for the Man Booker...
Notes on Fiction: The Hands FreeThe Hands Free will perform pieces from their self-titled debut album on New Amsterdam Records and a handful of new tunes, including...
Glenn O’Brien and the Past, Present, and Future of Magazine WritingJoin us for a reflection on the late Glenn O’Brien‘s particular genius as a cultural critic, whose...
Writing Against Patriarchy with Idra Novey, Rumaan Alam, Cathy Park Hong & Alex MarRumaan Alam, Cathy Park Hong, Alex Mar, and Idra Novey will talk about writing against patriarchal expectations as novelists...
Read with Glo! A Free Story Time with Glory EdimJoin Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, for a monthly story time for little ones. All ages welcome, but books are...
Brooklyn Campfire Stories with Mahogany L. BrowneThis is an open mic storytelling series featuring you, Brooklyn! Hosted by poet and activist Mahogany L. Browne.