Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children's Literature

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

Recently, children's literature has been the subject of debate as readers respond to content related to race, class, culture, individuality, and identity. Authors are self-selecting to delay publication of their books, publishers are canceling titles, and review outlets are retracting starred statuses. There is immense pressure from all sides of the industry to do the right thing, but what is the right thing? This session is designed to be a discussion led by bookselling peers that will begin with a contextual overview of the issues surfacing in kids' books. Attendees will discuss the implications of these issues and how booksellers can productively talk about race, class, culture, individuality, and identity without alienating customers, authors, and each other.

Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett (Farmington, ME); Summer Laurie, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA); Javier Ramirez, The Book Table (Oak Park, IL); Sara Grochowski, McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI)

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