SCHOMBURG
CENTER
LITERARY
FESTIVAL

Derrick Adams

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SEPTEMBER 21-26

The Virtual Edition

ABOUT

SCHOMBURG CENTER LITERARY FESTIVAL

The Virtual Edition

September 21 - 26, 2020

 

Reading the African Diaspora expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The inaugural day-long book festival has been reconfigured as a virtual festival taking place over six days. We will feature readings, panel discussions, book selling and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction. 

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is generously sponsored by the New York Life Foundation and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

 
Schomburg Lit Fest
 

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT!

 

Lift Every Voice: 250 Years of African American Poetic Traditions

SEPT 17, 2020 @ 6:30 PM (ET)

Library of America, in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, presents the launch of Lift Every Voice, a nationwide celebration of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The celebration is anchored by the publication of the anthology, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, edited by poet and Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young.

The evening will feature poets Nikky Finney (Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry), Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems), pulitzer prize winning poets Jericho Brown (The Tradition) and Tyehimba Jess (Olio) and many more. Visit our Eventbrite page in September for a full list of participants and the program schedule.

YA is LIT!

Join us on Thursday for a day-long spotlight on Young Adult (YA) authors and books beginning at 1 PM (EST) with award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and actor, director, and educator LeVar Burton. The day will include UK author Dean Atta, Black Comics and Graphic Novels panel, and debut author of the National Book Award Longlist nominee Every Body Watching by Candice Iloh. Saturday features Akwaeke Emezi author of The Death of Vivek Oji and Patrisse Cullors discussing the YA edition of her memoir When They Call You a Terrorist: A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World.

Jacqueline Woodson in Conversation with LeVar Burton
THURSDAY SEPT 24 @ 1:00 PM (EDT)

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
THURSDAY SEPT 24 @ 2:30 PM (EDT)
Dean Atta with moderator, Emil Wilbekin

 

Back to School with Black Comics and Graphic Novels
THURSDAY SEPT 24 @ 4:30 PM (EDT)
Jerry Craft, Greg Anderson Elysee, Liz Montague, Shauna Grant and moderator, Deirdre Hollman


Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
THURSDAY SEPT 24 @ 6:30 PM (EDT)
Candice Iloh with moderator, Mahogany L. Browne

When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World

SATURDAY SEPT 26 @ 12:15 PM (EDT)

Patrisse Cullors and moderator, Kadiatou Tubman-Schomburg Center


The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

SATURDAY SEPT 26 @ 3:15 PM (EDT)

Akwaeke Emezi with moderator, Eloghosa Osunde

A LOOK BACK AT 2019

 

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The Schomburg Center Literary Festival

is generously sponsored by

the New York Life Foundation and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation