February 7 & 8th
A collaboration between District 65 Librarians and Evanston Skokie Foundation 65
Three women authors writing about the young adult experience, sharing voices and ideas.....
K.A. Holt, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Padma Venkatraman write books that deal with real issues, issues which our students wrestle with. Their stories open up new worlds with diverse characters and settings. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be reading their work and will hear one of the authors on Friday February 7th. The Middle School Lit Fest at the Evanston Public Library on Saturday, February 8th will feature all three authors in addition to several local authors and is open to all middle schoolers in Evanston. The visit is sponsored by our Foundation 65. Alecia Wartowski, Executive Director states, " "Foundation 65 is committed to supporting literacy and the arts as we support educational equity within District 65. We are excited by the ways that this series will provide mirrors and windows for our children to see their own experiences or view new perspectives"
The District 65 middle school librarians planned the visit, carefully considering our students, curriculum, and interests while choosing authors that will allow our students to grapple with powerful ideas. Young Adult literature is a rich resource for our students. "By focusing on women who write novels in verse, we are showcasing the power of poetry to illustrate diverse experiences for our students," shares Kefira Philippe, Nichols Librarian and Chairperson of the 2020 Author visit.
From KA Holt's Website:
Redwood and Ponytail is a universal story of finding a way to be comfortable in your own skin, a story that will appeal to anyone who’s ever been unsure about the self they’re becoming.
From Lee & Low Books:
In a companion novel to her critically acclaimed Shame the Stars, Guadalupe Garcia McCall tackles the hidden history of the United States and its first mass deportation event that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression.
From Padma Venkatraman's Website:
Oliver Twist meets Slum Dog Milionaire in this tale of four determined homeless children who make a life for themselves on the streets of an Indian city.
Foundation 65 is an independent grantmaking organization that invests in educator-led initiatives to advance educational equity through literacy and the arts.
Middle School Lit Fest
Saturday February 8th
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Registration will open on Monday January 6 at 9 am
At the Lit Fest meet Padma Venkatraman, Guadalupe Garcia McCall and KA Holt as well as local young adult authors:
Rosario MundaRosaria Munda grew up in rural North Carolina, where she climbed trees, read Harry Potter fanfiction, and taught herself Latin. She studied political theory at Princeton and lives in Chicago with her husband and cat.