The National Antiracist Book Festival
2nd Annual AntiRacist Book Festival
April 24, 2021 - 11:00am - 12:00pm (PT)
Underground Books is pleased to participate in the 2nd Annual AntiRacist Book Festival as a featured bookseller for the panel with authors Mira Jacob and Tiffany Jewell.
Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Glamour, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Literary Hub. She lives in Brooklyn.
Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer and Anti-Racist Montessori educator and consultant. She spends her time baking bread and macarons, building LEGOS, watching British detective shows, and dreaming up how she can dismantle white supremacy. Tiffany currently lives in Western Massachusetts (on the occupied land of the Wabanaki and the Nipmuck) with her two young activists, her partner, and a turtle she's had since she was nine. Find her on Instagram: @tiffanymjewell.
The National Antiracist Book Festival is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow. It is hosted every April in Washington, D.C., by the BU Center for Antiracist Research (but this year’s will be virtual due to COVID-19).
The festival assembles a day full of author panels and editorial workshops. A vibrant crowd of authors and attendees engage in antiracist dialogue that will challenge, inspire, and mobilize. Workshops bring together leading book editors and literary agents to provide insight and guidance for aspiring writers.
All-access tickets include priority entry to all author panels and writers’ workshops, a National Antiracist Book Festival tote bag, and a limited-edition copy of Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award–winner, Stamped from the Beginning.
Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.
“In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist—we must be ANTI-RACIST.” —Angela Davis
"STARRED REVIEW: Using clear, compelling language, Jewell employs four sections to deftly explain progressive understandings of identity, history, action, and solidarity as tools to encourage antiracist reflection, thought, and action. From the author’s note introducing the idea that “racism is a problem, a very serious problem,” to the volume’s explorations of “spending that privilege” and “calling out and calling in,” Jewell offers readers at various points in their activist journeys a necessary primer on antiracist thinking (a glossary helpfully defines underlined terms used throughout, including cisgender, neurodiverse, and femme). Thoughtful, energizing calls to action and journal prompts encourage readers to check in with themselves and to “grow from our discomfort.” Durand’s stylish illustrations punctuate the text-heavy pages; robust supplemental materials, including notes on the text and suggested reading, point toward ongoing learning."
- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“…help[s] young people learn in a gentle, thoughtful way.” - USA Today
“…equip[s] young people with the tools they need to be actively antiracist.” - TIME Magazine
“…empower[s] teens and young adults to undo racial oppression.” - ESSENCE
“…a clear guidebook for how to stop racism in our own hearts and minds.” - TODAY.com
Beautifully designed, this is a well-written journal that will be a step in helping readers move toward an anti-racist life." - Imagination Soup
"This journal is anti-racist and every kid needs one. The official companion to This Book Is Anti-Racist, the journal is adorned with beautifully illustrated pages that provide space for young readers to grow and learn." - Karly Wood, Red Tricycle
"Anti-racism is a lifelong journey, and this journal filled with guiding questions is perfect for readers who feel compelled to work, but haven't fully crystallized their feelings and passions yet." - The Tiny Activist
“A beautiful and eye-opening account of what it means to mother a brown boy and what it means to live in this country post–9/11, as a person of color, as a woman, as an artist . . . In Jacob’s brilliant hands, we are gifted with a narrative that is sometimes hysterically funny, always honest, and ultimately healing.”—Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn