A is for Anansi and You’re Invited!

October 8 – 9, 2010

presented by
Institute of African American Affairs
New York University
Space is limited. Free and open to the public.
Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)

Andrea Davis Pinkney (Scholastic)
Nancy D. Tolson (Mitchell College)
Adoff (Poet/Author)
Cheryl Willis Hudson (Just Us Books)
Regina Brooks (Serendipity Literary Agency)
Kathleen T. Horning (CCBC-U. of Wisconsin-Madison )
Joe Monti (Barry Goldblatt Literary)
Hannah Ehrlich (Lee & Low Books)
Zetta Elliott (Author)
George Ford (Illustrator)
Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator)
Myisha Priest (NYU)
Khafilah McCurdy (Editor)
Nnedi Okorafor (Author)
Clairesa Clay (Teacher/Filmmaker)
Tony Medina [Howard University]

Councilman Ras Baraka of Newark, NJ
Laura Atkins (Editor/Specialist)
Wanda M. Brooks (Temple University)
Andrew P. Jackson (Queens Public Library)
John Sellers (Publishers Weekly)
Summer Edward (Anansesem ezine)
Katie Sciurba (Author/University of San Diego)
Fabienne Doucet (NYU)
C. Jama Adams  (John Jay College-CUNY)
Esther Cooper Jackson (Editor/Social Activist)
Leo and Diane Dillon (Illustrators)
Kamili Feelings (Writer/Teacher)
Michael Patrick Hearn (Author/Specialist)
Rashidah Ismaili (Poet/Educator)
Jaïra Placide (NYU)
A Is For Anansi: Literature for Children of African Descent

Institute of African American Affairs, New York University

October 8-9, 2010

A Is For Anansi will cover the history, criticism and theory of contemporary books for and about children of African descent, as told by its most influential critics, scholars, teachers and producers. The need for more in-depth analysis and for more information, critical evaluation, and publications on this topic still remain. The conference will look at these and consider other questions and issues as well.


Friday, October 8th, 2010 – Opening Reception
6-6:30 pm
● Opening
6:30-8:00 pm
History/Significance/Meaning of Writing/Publishing/
Selling Literature for and about Children of African Descent

Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Breakfast – 9-9:30 am
9:30 – 11:00 am
● Issues of Identity & Representation
11:00 – 12:30 pm
● Let the Children Speak (roundtable of kids discussing children’s books)
Lunch – 12:30 – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 3:00 pm
● Critiquing & Evaluating the Books/Content
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Literacy & Education for/of the Black Male
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Closure / Round-up / Survey
5:00 PM
Tribute to Virginia Hamilton, Tom Feelings, and Leo and Diane Dillon

Location for all programs: Kimmel Center-NYU

60 Washington Square South, Rm. 914-Silver

Space is limited. Free and open to the public.
Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)
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