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The Inaugural National Antiracist Book Festival


Have you heard about the National Antiracist Book Festival? On April 27th, the nation's top authors of race and racial justice will converge on Washington, DC. We are so excited about this book festival and are busy making plans to get there. Read on for all the details!

The National Antiracist Book Festival is the first and only of its kind celebrating the importance of antiracism and social justice in the written word. This free community book festival brings nationally renowned authors to American University to engage in panel discussions on topics ranging from how to improve racial diversity in children's literature to what it means to be an antiracist public intellectual. The festival also features children’s activities and readings, poetry slams, refreshments and book sales courtesy of our official book seller, Politics & Prose.

“The inaugural Antiracist Bookfest will offer one of the most distinguished lineups of anti-racist authors ever assembled for a book festival,” said National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. “We are making history with this incredible collection of bestselling, award-winning and popular authors, who often headline events. We are delighted they each agreed to come together and launch the Antiracist Bookfest, while supporting our work in the Antiracist Research and Policy Center.”

Sample of authors in attendance:

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning historian Carol Anderson National Magazine Award-winning reporter Shane Bauer Bancroft Prize-winning Yale historian David Blight New York Times bestselling-author Robin DiAngelo National Book Award Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar Award-winning Harvard professor and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates New York Times bestselling-author Morgan Jerkins Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess Award-winning Washington Post editor Steve Luxenberg Nationally renowned Campaign Zero Co-Founder DeRay McKesson New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds Award-winning poet and writer Clint Smith PEN Open Book Award winner Nafissa Thompson-Spires New York Times bestselling author D. Watkins National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jacqueline Woodson

The National Antiracist Book Festival will be a ticketed event. Ticketed portions will include author panel discussions and workshops for aspiring writers. Free workshops will be held for educators and youth, and on photography and self-care. All proceeds from ticket sales for the Antiracist Bookfest will go to the work of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, started at AU in fall 2017. The center is based on a new vision of change that’s grounded in historical revelation and focuses on policy change.

For tickets to both the free and paid workshops click here! For more information about this event click here.

Media Contact

Event is by RSVP. Media members are required to RSVP with Rebecca Basu, American University Communications, 202-885-5950, basu@american.edu.

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