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Black Girl Magic: Christine Kendall & Renée Watson

Sat, November 7 from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm PST
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Christine Kendall and Renee Watson

 

Young Black girls navigate changing worlds and find their voices in these wonderful new middle grade books.

Renée Watson introduces Ryan Hart in Ways to Make Sunshine, the first in a new series about a Black girl and her family in Portland, Oregon. Ryan tries to always see the best in people and to be a good daughter, sister, and friend, but her life isn’t everything she would wish for. She navigates changes while trying to make sunshine out of setbacks.

Christine Kendall’s The True Definition of Neva Beane is set in West Philadelphia, where Neva Beane has more questions than answers. She is left with what comforts her most: words and their meanings, which she chronicles herself. While the pages of her beloved dictionary reveal truths about what’s happening around her, Neva must discover the best way to define herself.

Moderated by Justice Adrienne Nelson of the Oregon Supreme Court.


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Christine Kendall

Christine Kendall is the author of the award-winning novel Riding Chance, which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens. Rita Williams Garcia called it a “promising debut” and Sharon Flake called it “a heartwarming tale of redemption.” Her latest book is The True Definition of Neva Beane. Christine’s short fiction has appeared in numerous publications. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Purchase THE TRUE DEFINITION OF NEVA BEANE from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Renée Watson

Renée Watson is a New York Times-bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her books include Ways to Make SunshineSome Places More Than OthersThis Side of HomeWhat Momma Left MeBetty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem’s Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

Purchase Ways to Make Sunshine from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Justice Adrienne Nelson

Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court on January 2, 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the state’s highest court and on any appellate state court. Her election to a six-year term in November 2018 made her the first African American woman elected statewide in Oregon. In 2006, she was appointed as a trial judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, making her the second African American female judge in the state of Oregon. Prior to her judicial appointments, she worked as a public defender. Judge Nelson earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Criminal Justice Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas. In the community, Justice Nelson sits on the Reed College Board of Trustees, the Literary Arts Board, and on the Oregon Community Foundation Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council where she chairs to the Connections to Black Communities committee. She sat on the Self-Enhancement, Incorporated (SEI) Board of Directors and the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Advisory Board (GSBB), both of which she formerly chaired. Justice Nelson is a tireless encourager, helping people succeed by living their best lives.
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