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Torchlight Talk: Go Forth and Tell

Fri, Mar 29, 2024 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Join us for March’s Torchlight Talk with Breanna J. McDaniel, author of Go Forth and Tell.

This month’s talk will feature a family-friendly and interactive collage workshop led by McDaniel.

McDaniel’s latest book, “Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller,” is a captivating nonfiction picture book that chronicles the life of Augusta Baker, a beloved children’s librarian and storyteller who became the first Black coordinator of children’s services at all branches of the New York Public Library. Baker’s remarkable journey of championing Black stories inspired future acclaimed authors like Audre Lorde and James Baldwin.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive a complimentary copy of “Go Forth and Tell” and a selection of free children’s books courtesy of Book Bodega.

Schedule of Events:

10am – Doors

10:30am – Book reading, talk, & Q&A

11:30am – Collage workshop + book signing

About Breanna J. McDaniel:

Breanna J. McDaniel is an emerging creative and recovering scholar. She’s published in myriad academic journals, an academic anthology and her debut picture book Hands Up! was published with Dial Books in 2019.

Since its publication, Hands Up! was selected as a children’s book that “Books All Young Georgians Should Read” in 2019 by the Georgia Center for the Book. Recognized by the Chicago Public Library as, “one of the very best picture books published for kids from birth to 3rd grade in 2019,” in their Best of the Best Books round-up for 2019 and finally, Hands Up! was awarded the “2021 First Novelist Honor Book” by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. and School Library Journal. She is also the author of other picture books, including Atlanta, My Home and Impossible Moon which was published with Denene Millner Books/ Simon and Schuster.

Breanna completed her PhD at a university in the UK and looked at surveillance in representations of Black children as food. As an activist, she is engaged in thinking through access to different types of literacy for families from the Global Majority and she’s adamant about promoting the work and connections of children’s book creators from those communities too.