I was asked to talk about my experience with the Reginald Lewis Museum Book Fair this week, and thought I would share my thoughts here on the blog:
As a new resident here in Baltimore, I have been looking for ways to integrate myself within my community. Participating in the Lewis Museum’s African American Book Fair was a great step in that direction. Not only did I enjoy meeting and sharing books with people in my community, I am now eager to continue visiting and working with the museum for future activities. It was also great to see old book friends and share work with new up and coming authors.
The event was extremely well organized and well presented. As a lover of art and books, it was an extra special treat to see the Bryan Collier exhibit of original art and drawings during the day. I think that the fair is a great opportunity to connect with the Baltimore community. Not only that, it is a great opportunity to expose young people to the museum and give them a place to grow up next to art and literature.
I had to pass on participating in the Philadelphia African American Book Festival this year due to deadlines and no new titles. Fortunately, the Lewis Museum is right in my back yard and the community here is new to my work. I look forward to attending both fairs next year!
Local author, Vonnya Pettigrew and the wonderful journalists of Root Branch Film Academy were interviewing many of the authors and illustrators in attendance. Check out their wonderful highlight reel below.
Hope to see you there next year!