Author Lamar Giles (co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, author of The Last Last-Day of Summer and Fresh Ink) will speak about the power of personal narratives and the importance of inclusive representation in children’s literature at this free community event. Selected Norfolk Public School students will also present their original stories at this lively event for the whole family.
Hands-on activities, including a zine-making craft station, and tote bags for young readers will be available. Attendees can also enjoy catered refreshments. Book sales by Prince Books.
The event is part of Changing the Narrative, a two-year project at Virginia Humanities, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth Racial Healing and Transformation initiative. Changing the Narrative seeks to use stories to empower young Virginians in under-served communities in Arlington, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, and Harrisonburg.