I will be presenting twice at KidLitCon next month in Sacramento, October 10 and 11! So I’ve been preparing for that and not here so much, obviously. Maybe I will see some of you nebulous, not-yet-real-because-this-is-the-internet-and-I-don’t-know-who’s-reading-this people there?
Here are my two sessions:
Friday, October 10, 1:30-3 Getting Beyond Diversity and Getting to the Story
While gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability add to who we are, they do not define who we are. And these differences do not define our stories. How do we teach, discuss, or describe diverse books without making diversity the issue? Should we? How do we respond to the perception that ʺdiverse booksʺ are only for ʺdiverse peopleʺ and deliver book reviews and essays that highlight what makes books universal for those disinclined to think diversity is for them while acknowledging readers who need and deserve to find themselves in literature? Presenters Edith Campbell, Hannah Gómez, and author Jewell Parker Rhodes will deliver an interactive session with talking points, booktalks, strategies and much honest discussion.
Saturday, October 11, 3:30-5 We’re Not Going To Take It and Neither Should You: Why Book Bloggers DO Have the Ability to Make Diverse Books Happen
We know bloggers matter to the publishing industry and to readers. And we know reading diversely is important for all readers, as it opens up your worldview. But how can bloggers effect positive change when it comes to diversity? This session will explore the ways bloggers can audit their own reading habits, assess and address personal biases, as well as create and curate stronger content as it relates to diversity in all shapes and forms — race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, body image, and more. We’ll offer tools and tips for not just finding and highlighting diverse reads, but also how to advocate for diversity within one’s own blog and beyond. This is more than an awareness of diversity; it’s an opportunity and an obligation for active change.
You might have noticed that these are things I am passionate about. And the people I’m presenting with are as well. So I am super excited!
I’m looking forward to digging deep, and in the manner some of you may be accustomed to, I will not be reserved and I will slide right over the fluffies and go straight into the real shit, even if it’s hard to hear. That I pledge to you. I will keep shit real, as I like to do.
See you there, I hope!