Wednesday, October 11
*Offsite Event @ Chapter 510 - The Department of Make Believe (2301 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94612)
If the revolution starts at home, it starts with storytelling. In this challenging political climate, how do writers, editors and illustrators strive to create narratives of inclusion, activism and community?
This panel discussion for grownups integrates raising children and building community with art and children’s literature. Kids are welcome!
- Thi Bui is a writer, artist, and former public school teacher. She came to the U.S. as a refugee in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and continues to advocate for refugees and immigrants today. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) started as part-family oral history, part-revenge against all the bad Vietnam War movies she grew up watching. Now every incoming freshman at UCLA is getting a copy of it.
- Michelle Cruz Gonzales, a Xicana writer, writes memoir and fiction. Born in East LA in 1969, MCG grew up in Tuolumne, a tiny California Gold Rush town. She played drums and wrote lyrics for three bands during the 1980s and 1990s, Bitch Fight, Spitboy, and Instant Girl.
- Robert Liu-Trujillo is the author and illustrator of “Furqan’s First Flat Top”. I was born in Oakland, California and raised all across the Bay Area. I’m a visual artist, father, and a husband who employs the use of illustration, public art, and storytelling to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect my cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. My motivation to do what I do is to unearth beautiful and un-told stories, to be a positive and nurturing influence on my son, and to honor my ancestors and family who worked so hard for me to be here.
- Innosanto Nagara is a writer and illustrator of books for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that those who care about social justice believe in and fight for. Inno, born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, moved to the US to study zoology and philosophy at UC Davis.
- Miriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist, educator and activist and the New York Times-bestselling illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School.