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National Antiracist Book Festival

The nation's top authors of race and racial justice will converge in Washington, DC at the 1st Annual Antiracist Book Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

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Christine Platt
Managing Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center


Antiracist Research / Pol Ctr 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8038 United States

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The National Antiracist Book Festival is the first and only of its kind celebrating the importance of antiracism and social justice in the written word. This free community book festival brings nationally renowned authors to American University to engage in panel discussions on topics ranging from how to improve racial diversity in children's literature to what it means to be an antiracist public intellectual. The festival also features children’s activities and readings, poetry slams, refreshments and book sales courtesy of our official book seller, Politics & Prose.

  • Concurrent Panel Discussions
  • Author Meet & Greet Opportunities
  • Book Signings
  • Storytelling
  • Musical Performances
  • Outdoor Games and Activities
  • Book Basket Raffle
  • Merchandise
  • Concessions
  • Biography
  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Food/Cooking
  • Indie
  • Poetry
  • Non-Fiction
  • YA


The National Antiracist Book Festival is hosted by the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University.

The Antiracist Book Festival is made possible by the generosity of many organizations and people. Sponsor benefits include logo recognition, VIP seating and invitations, access to authors, and more.

Are you interested in sponsoring the Antiracist Book Festival? Please contact Dr. Christopher Petrella, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, at

American University in Washington DC


The National Antiracist Book Festival is truly a community event, and our many community partners make this wonderful event possible through their support of events and programming.

Politics and Prose Bookstore
Busboys and Poets
First Book