Race and Teen Lit Class

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Resources

I am teaching my second class at Simmons. This one with awesome librarian Robin Brenner. Info below!  

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
February 1 – February 28, 2014 – PDPs: 15

Part of Teen Lit Boot Camp Series

Teen Lit Boot Camp is a series of month-long workshops zeroing in on currently popular topics. The workshops will help librarians learn what defines hot topics, what the best titles are to meet demand, and how to anticipate and select for your teen fans. In this workshop, we’ll look at a growing concern for teen lit readers: is teen lit racially diverse? How dedicated is the market to being representative of our world, our readers, and our teens? How far should our responsibility to our teens go in ensuring our collections reflect their racial identities, questions, and voices? We’ll examine the recent debates concerning whitewashing covers, the challenge and importance of writing across race lines, and how best to connect with readers whatever their racial or ethnic identities. We will also discuss stereotypes, redefining what race may mean in teen literature, and how to pitch titles to fans without falling back on stereotypes. There will be a reading list, so sign up early to give yourself time.

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