Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas at the Austin Central Library

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Contact: Kanya Lyons, 512-974-7379

Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas at the Austin Central Library

In honor of African American History Month and communities of color, the Austin Public Library and KAZI Book Review invite you to join us at the Austin Central Library on Saturday, February 24, 1-5 PM for the second annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, a literary event like no other in Central Texas.

In honor of African American History Month and communities of color, join the Austin Public Library and KAZI Book Review for the second annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas.  

There will be author readings as well as panel discussions on cultural diversity, African American education, Mexican American literature and social justice in literature.

Register Now for this Free Event

Welcome
1 PM–1:10 PM ​​​​​
Hopeton Hay, Executive Producer, A Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas
The Honorable Ora Houston, Austin City Council Member, District 
The Honorable Jeffrey Travillion, Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 1
Roosevelt Weeks, Director, Austin Public Library

Texas Black High School Football: From Jim Crow To Integration
1:10 PM–1:40 PM
Michael Hurd, Author, Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Texas Black High School Football
Moderator: Jeffrey Travillion

Black Children’s Literature (Demonstration Area)
1:15 PM–2 PM & 2:15 PM–3 PM 
Jacob Grovey, Author, The Adventures of Austyn: A Vist To Dino Land 
Moderator: Maya Hay, Host, Kids Choice Book Show

Colonialism and Immigration in Latina(o) American Literature
1:45 PM–2:30 PM
Natalia Sylvester, Author, Everyone Knows You Go Home (March 2018) 
John Moran Gonzalez, Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Latina(o) American Literature
Naima Coster, Author, Halsey Street
Moderator: Hopeton Hay

Black Romance Novels: A Texas Perspective
2:35 PM–3:20 PM
Karen Kossie-Cherynshev, Editor, Angie Brown: A Jim Crow Romance by Lillian Jones Horace
Evelyn Palfrey, Author, Going Home
Moderator: Evelyn Anderson

The First Novel: World Building with People Of Color
3:25 PM–4:10 PM
Chaitali Sen, Author, The Pathless Sky
Nicky Drayden, Author, The Prey of Gods
Moderator: Hopeton Hay

Building Book Clubs and How Author Participation Can Enhance The Experience
4:15 PM–5 PM
Naima Coster, Author, Halsey Street
Velva Price, Founding Member, Austin Book Club
Moderator/Panelist: Peggy Terry, Co-Chairman, Folktales Black Women's Literary Society

Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas 2018 Reading List

Copies of the books will be available for purchase through a partnership with Book People. A portion of the book sales will benefit the Austin Public Library. For more information about Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, contact Hopeton Hay, KAZI Book Review Producer and Host, at hopeton@kazifm.org.

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