New York Times bestselling author Andrea Pinkney to speak as part of the “Centering the Lives of Black Women” lecture series, October 27, 2016

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Andrea Pinkney, will deliver an interactive presentation on the impact of children’s literature as part of the “Centering the Lives of Black Women” lecture series at Vassar College. Pinkney’s talk, “Mirrors, Windows, Doors—and More!” will provide an inside look at how books for young people are written and illustrated, the importance of diversity, representation, and inclusion, and how those who work with, or serve, children can help young people embrace the joy and power of reading.

This event, which is free and open to public, will be held on Thursday, October 27, 5:30pm, in the Villard Room of Main Building. The program is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Africana Studies Program, and the Education Department.

Pinkney is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction. Recent works include the novel The Red Pencil and a comprehensive look at African American music, Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound. She has been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, several Parenting Publication Gold Medals, and American Library Association Notable Book citations. 

Among her numerous honors, Pinkney was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, and one of  “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” cited by Children’s Health Magazine. Pinkney was also the recipient of the Medgar Evers College Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the “Centering the Lives of Black Women” lecture series
This series centers the lives of Black women at the very moment when the U.S. has turned its attention to the particular experiences of expression, oppression, and liberation of Black lives. Additional public lectures will be announced.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 14, 2016