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BOOKS! WE NEED Diverse Books™ announces upcoming panels and initiatives!

Initially introduced as a response to lingering BEA issues, the Diverse Books initiative keeps growing.



More than just a hashtag…

Since our last e-mail blast, We Need Diverse Books™ has incorporated, launched a new website ( and continues to have media mentions in national outlets like NPR, SLJ, PW and even Teen Vogue and EW.

And we haven’t even gotten started.

This fall, WNDB™ will have a presence at venues from New York Comic Con, the New Atlantic Independent Bookseller’s Association (NAIBA), the Baltimore Book Festival, KidLitCon, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention. Next year, even more awesomeness is in store, with panels already confirmed at the RT booklovers convention, ALA annual and AWP.More important even than panels, though, are our initiatives to support diverse authors and books. To this end, next month WNDB™ will launch its inaugural Indiegogo campaign to support our large-scale efforts to move the needle when it comes to diversity:

  • Diversity in the Classroom (to be launched this January with our partners Open Book, First Book and the National Education Association)
  • We Need Diverse Books™ grant and award programs
  • Mentorship program for diverse authors
  • 2016 Diversity Festival
  • An official We Need Diverse Books™ handselling kit for librarians and booksellers

Thank you all for your support – and stay tuned for more exciting news to come, including details on our Indiegogo campaign!

NAIBA fall conference
Arlington, VASeptember 20, 20147-8pm – We Need Diverse Books™ author reception featuring WNDB™ team members

and several other diverse authors!

New York Comic Con
New York, NYOctober 9, 2014I.W. Gregorio will be representing WNDB™ on two panels at NYCC:

1) 5:15pm-6pm: #WeNeedDiverse (Comic) Books – Diversity in Comics (Location: 1A01)

2) 8pm-8:45pm: Geeks of Color Go Pro – Working in the Industry (Location: 1A18)

NCTE annual convention
Washington, DCNovember 22, 20149:45am: See Ellen Oh & WNDB™ advisory board members Matt de la Pena and Jacqueline Woodson during the “Eight Great Multicultural American Texts” roundtable.

11am: I.W. Gregorio will be on a Stories for All panel with First Book

2:45pm: We Need Diverse Books panel with Ellen Oh, Meg Medina, I.W. Gregorio and representatives from the NEA, First Book and NCTE.

Copyright © 2014 #WeNeedDiverseBooks, All rights reserved.

September 15, 2014 - Posted by | BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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