First Book Partners With Antiracist Research and Policy Center For Antiracist Book Festival

First Book is proud to announce our new partnership with The Antiracist Research and Policy Center! The Center is hosting the first and only book festival celebrating the nation’s leading anti-racist writers and scholars.

The 1st Annual National Antiracist Book Festival will be held at American University in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The Antiracist Bookfest will bring together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading anti-racist writers and help to prepare the aspiring writers. It primarily features authors of anti-Black racism and its intersections.

Speakers include:

  • National Book Critics Circle Award winning historian Carol Anderson
  • National Book Award winning historian Ibram X. Kendi
  • Nationally renowned Campaign Zero Co-Founder DeRay McKesson
  • New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds
  • National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson
  • New York Times bestselling author Robin DiAngelo
  • Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess
  • Well-Read Black Girl Founder Glory Edim
  • Award-winning poet and writer Clint Smith
  • And many more! See the full list of speakers, moderators, and panels here.

Panels will have two authors and a moderator and will be followed by book signings. A few of our favorite authors—Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds—will speak on a panel about writing to capture the hearts and minds of youth. Clint Smith and Tyehimba Jess will speak on using the lyric and the poem to blend the past and present. Editorial workshops include topics such as book ideas and proposals, writing your first book, and securing a literary agent.

To learn more about this great event and get tickets, visit Eventbrite.