Bookfest? Funfest!

Can anyone tell I was on vacation and my brain is functioning again??? Two blog posts in under a week!?!?!

I know a bit crazy but time away gets my creative juices and inner monologue going again and you are the lucky recipients of that set of circumstances. You’re welcome.

So, April is a month “off” for me. The Heritage Month Guide has nothing down for the month of April, though from March 13-April 13 is Deaf History Month, so I will be finding time to work that into my reading this year… But I am in NEEEED of a break because my to-read bookshelf has officially exploded. Exploded!!! I have absolutely no room left and part of that is due to this amazing book festival both Haddi and I will be attending later in April. The reading for which will take up most of April.

What pray tell is this bookfest???
It is the 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival!!!

Yes, my head is exploding. I saw this on Ibram X. Kendi’s Instagram and did the research finding it is an incredible opportunity to hear from a plethora of writers from all facets of life and experience talking about their current book in context with another writer on deeply relevant topics. I am beyond stoked.

I decided to sign up for six sessions and I wanted to make sure to read at least one of the books from each session (we’ll see if that happens) by the 24th. Below are my sessions and the books I chose:

  • On Memoir – Maria Hinojosa’s Once I Was You
  • On Immigrant Stories – Michael Zapata’s The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
  • On the Undocumented – both Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s The Undocumented Americans and Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive
  • On Popular Culture – Brittney Cooper’s Eloquent Rage (which I have already read and it is superb)
  • On Christ and Justice – Karen Gonzalez’s The God Who Sees
  • On Shame Resilience – Yaba Blay’s One Drop

This festival is open to everyone and can be attended from the comfort of your own home, so if any of this sounds interesting give it a look, seriously (link above). And if you can’t, I will tell you this reading list is bananas good! BANANAS! So definitely check it out at least as you continue your antiracist journey.

Happy reading everyone!