The Salon is a gathering where a select group of panelists and members of the audience have a conversation about thought-provoking topics and ideas. Part panel discussion, part conversation, part social event, The Salon encourages participants to explore new ideas in facilitated conversation and then together informally while enjoying refreshments. Past Salon topics include discussions about art and revolutions, interdisciplinary thinking, video games as art, and sense-of-place writing.
JULY SALON: "The Apartheid in Children's Literature"
Panelists: Nathalie Mvondo, Suzanne Morgan Williams. Moderator: Ellen Fockler
6:00 p.m., Friday, July 18th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue
The discussion about the lack of cultural diversity in children and young adult literature has reached a fever pitch in 2014. Illustrator Chris Myers labeled the issue "the apartheid in literature," explaining in a March 15th article in The New York Times, that "characters of color are limited to the townships of occasional historical books that concern themselves with the legacies of civil rights and slavery but are never given a pass card to traverse the lands of adventure, curiosity, imagination or personal growth. . ." He goes on to explain, "The cartography we create with this literature is flawed." Join us as we discuss this issue, the impact on young readers, and what role publishers and authors must assume to effect change.
The Salon is free and open to the public.
The Salon is made possible through a partnership with Sundance Books and Music, and with financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Nightingale Family Foundation.