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Author Panel: Empowering Children Through Books

  • Books Are Magic 225 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY, 11231 United States (map)

Join us for a panel on educating, empowering and inspiring kids through books, featuring authors: Chana Ginelle Ewing (An ABC of Equality), Arabelle Sicardi (Queer Heroes), Jamia Wilson (Young, Gifted, and Black & Step Into Your Power) and Vanessa Willoughby (Vivienne Westwood) as moderator. All three authors are dedicated to writing books that inspire children, by giving them the language that they need to navigate today’s world and empower them to change it.

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Women and identity advocate and entrepreneur, Chana Ginelle Ewing is the Founder and CEO of Geenie, a leading women’s empowerment platform centering the stories of Black women for personal growth. She is the author of the forthcoming children’s book An ABC of Equality, illustrated by Paulina Morgan (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Sept 2019).

Arabelle Sicardi is a queer Asian American writer whose work focuses on beauty, fashion, politics, and identity. They've written for teenVOGUE, them., ROOKIE, ALLURE, i-D, NYLON, and other publications. They were previously the Beauty Editor at BuzzFeed. Now they work full-time as a freelancer so they can spend time working on books, like this one.

Jamia Wilson is the executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press. She is a leading voice on feminist and gender justice issues whose words have appeared in and on the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC News, The Today Show, CNN, The Washington Post, Elle, Teen Vogue and more. Jamia is the co-author of Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All. She is also a columnist for Rookie Magazine and has contributed to several books such as Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution. Jamia is an adjunct professor at the John Jay School for Criminal Justice and travels across the US – and beyond – to talk about race, feminism, leadership, and so much more.

Vanessa Willoughby is the Nonfiction Editor at School Library Journal. She is also the editor for Kindred Books, an imprint of the independent publisher Brain Mill Press, and a freelance writer. Her bylines include but are not limited to Hazlitt, Allure, Bitch, Hello Giggles, The Toast, and Broadly.