Third Annual

celebrating black history month
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
February 23, 2019
Central Library

Special Event Center (1st floor)
710 W. César Chávez St.
Third Annual
Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices

Please join us for the Third Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices, sponsored by KAZI Book Review and hosted and cosponsored by Austin Central Library, with support from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and PEN America. 

The event will include a panel discussion on Zora Neale Hurston's posthumously published book, Barracoon, and two panel discussions on the representation of current issues in the news and media. Participants include Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., who is also scheduled to speak February 22 at Austin Central Library.  Participating authors include:

  • Carol Anderson, author, One Person, One Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
  • Jennifer Baker, editor, Everyday People: The Color of Life-A Short Story Anthology
  • Daina Ramey Berry, author, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave in the Building of a Nation
  • Nicky Drayden, author, Temper
  • Carrie Fountain, author, I'm Not Missing
  • Jacob Grovey, author, The Differenters
  • Monica Muñoz Martinez, author, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in the Texas Borderlands
  • Jasminne Méndez, author, Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poems
  • Leonard Pitts, Jr., author, The Last Thing You Surrender
  • ire’ne lara silva, author, Blood Sugar Canto, poetry collection
  • Natalia Sylvester, author, Everyone Knows You Go Home

The event is free. Please register here.

10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Central Library

Special Event Center (1st floor)
512-974-7400 | 710 W. César Chávez St.
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