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Reframing Diversity with Dr. Derrick Gay | MLA Conference

A renowned educational consultant, Dr. Derrick Gay is a strong advocate for the importance of students learning cultural competency and empathy if they are to successfully navigate an increasingly diverse, globalized and multicultural society.

At the annual conference of the Michigan Library Association in Novi, he discusses the role of libraries in this crucial cause, in his closing keynote.

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Ngozi Ukazu | 2019 National Book Festival

Writer and illustrator Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the online graphic novel series, Check, Please! Ukazu became obsessed with hockey during her senior year at Yale, leading to the story of her protagonist, an ex-junior figure skating champion turned college hockey player adjusting to contact sports and grappling with developing feelings for the team's captain.

16m 8s

Lalia Lalami | 2019 National Book Festival

Author Laila Lalami's 'The Moor's Account’ won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lalami joins PBS Books in D.C. at the National Book Festival to talk about her writing, which includes the most recent 2019 novel 'The Other Americans,' a hybrid of family saga, murder mystery, and love story.

11m 37s

Henry Louis Gates Jr. | 2019 National Book Festival

Author, teacher, historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s latest book, 'Stony The Road,' Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, was released in April, aligned with the premiere of the PBS documentary series "Reconstruction," which he hosted. Gates has also written books for younger readers such as 'Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow.'

15m 40s

Markus Zusak | 2019 National Book Festival

Born in Sydney Australia, author Markus Zusak's 2005 young-adult World War II novel 'The Book Thief' won Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Book of the Year and was recently adapted into a film. Last autumn, he published 'Bridge of Clay,' the story of five brothers discovering the secret behind their father's disappearance. He has written six novels.

6m 13s

Victoria Schwab | 2019 National Book Festival

Victoria Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels for readers of all ages, including City of Ghosts, the Shades of Magic series (which has been translated into over 15 languages), This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet.

9m 6s

Mary Anne Carter | 2019 National Book Festival

On August 1 of this year, Mary Anne Carter was confirmed as the 12th Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (but has served as acting chair since June 2018). She has overseen expansion of an arts therapy program for U.S. service members and veterans called Creative Forces.

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka | 2019 National Book Festival

Krosoczka is the creator of the popular Lunch Lady graphic novel series for young readers, which has won the Children's Book Choice Award. Along with the popular Star Wars Jedi Academy Series (also for grade-school age readers), Krosoczka just released an illustrated memoir about his experiences as a young adult.

13m 41s

Charlie Jane Anders | 2019 National Book Festival

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the Nebula Award Winning sci-fi/fantasy novel 'All The Birds In The Sky,' a realistically rendered story of an encroaching apocalypse featuring a witch, a mad scientist, and magicians. Anders is the publisher of ‘other’ magazine, and recently released a new novel, "The City in the Middle of the Night."

18m 41s

Jericho Brown | 2019 National Book Festival

Guggenheim Fellow and National Book Award winner Jericho Brown. This Shreveport-raised poet and professor has been published in the New Yorker, The New Republic, and is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University. His latest, The Tradition, eloquently raises alarms to a society accustomed to terror.

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Amitav Ghosh | 2019 National Book Festival

Born in Calcutta, and raised between India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Amitav Ghosh has published several works of fiction as well as non-fiction and was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Times of India festival in Mumba, in 2018. His newest, 'Gun Island,' comes out September 10, but he is also well-known for his 'Ibis Trilogy,' which began in 2008 with 'Sea of Poppies,'

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David Treuer | 2019 National Book Festival

PBS Books welcomes author David Treuer, talking about his latest work, 'The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee,' an illuminating look at the 130 years of overlooked history of Native American Civilization after the infamous 1890 massacre. Treuer grew up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, and with 'Heartbeat' he combines journalistic reporting with personal memoir. #NatBookFest2019

19m 29s

Jose Andres | 2019 National Book Festival

José Andrés, an award-winning chef and founder of the World Central Kitchen non-profit organization Chefs For Puerto Rico. Andrés has written three cookbooks, along with the New York Times best-seller about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria: "We Fed An Island."

16m 8s

Richard Ford | 2019 National Book Festival

Richard Ford, author of The Sportswriter and its sequels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Independence Day. Remarked by literary reviewers as a modern-day Hemingway or Faulkner, Ford's works are distinguished by a focus on the perseverance of family and community through turbulent circumstances.

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Beth Macy | 2019 National Book Festival

Journalist/writer Beth Macy, author of Dopesick. Macy was a reporter for Virginia's Roanoke Times for 25 years. Dopesick won lots of praise for comprehensively outlining the story behind the opioid crisis.

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Marie Arana | 2019 National Book Festival

Peruvian-American author Marie Arana is not only senior advisor to the U.S. Librarian of Congress, but also the director of the National Book Festival. Her latest, Silver, Sword & Stone tells the stories of three contemporary Latin Americans embodying the forces of exploration, violence, and religion across thousands of years of vivid history.

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John Scalzi | 2019 National Book Festival

John Scalzi is the author of the Old Man's War series, the dystopian thriller "Lock In," and the Hugo Award winning novel "Redshirts." Among many other published works and credits, he also served as a consultant for the "Stargate" television franchise. His latest, "The Consuming Fire" is the 2nd in a new series.

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