Bestselling and award-winning authors Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds will appear for the first time in a conversation on the history of racist ideas in America and how to better navigate these complex realities. Reynolds and Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, March 2020) delivers a timely YA reimagining of Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning. There will also be a Q&A held at the end of the event.
With Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Kendi and Reynolds have come together to deliver a narrative that speaks to young people and shines a light on the many insidious forms of racism — and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas, who was an early advocate for the Winter Institute session, told Bookselling This Week that she was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of Reynolds and Kendi’s book from Little, Brown.
“I’m so excited to hear Jason and Ibram talk about not only their research and the historical context of the book, which is fascinating and was unknown to me before reading, but also their collaboration and how Jason crafted such a conversational book,” said Berner.
“Reading it feels like I’m sitting in a coffee shop with Jason, and he’s telling me all these things. Ibram’s research and Jason’s conversational tone are what I think elevate this book,” she added. “I’m really excited to see the two of them in conversation, and to learn how they worked together and what they both brought to the project. This information will give booksellers the tools they need to hand-sell it — to say not only why it’s important to them, but why everyone else needs to read it, too.”
Winter institute will take place January 21–24, 2020, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Questions about Winter Institute can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.