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National Antiracist Book Festival

The nation's top authors of race and racial justice will converge in Washington, DC.

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the Antiracist Research and Policy Center will host the 1st Annual National Antiracist Book Festival at American University in Washington, DC. It will take place on AU’s Washington School of Law campus near the Tenleytown-AU metro station on the Red Line. Nearby Politics and Prose Bookstore will be the official bookseller.

The #Antiracist Bookfest is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow. This year's festival primarily features authors of anti-Black racism and its intersections. Panels are topically organized with two authors and a moderator, followed by book signings. There is also a course of workshops for aspiring writers with leading book editors and literary agents. Free workshops will be held for educators and youth, and on photography and self-care. 

The National Antiracist Book Festival is a ticketed event. All proceeds from ticket sales for the Antiracist Bookfest will go toward the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Media Contact

Media members are required to RSVP with Rebecca Basu, American University Communications, 202-885-5950,

2019 Festival Schedule & Participants

Festival Schedule
Time Title Speakers Room
9:00 On Christianity Jemar Tisby & Austin Channing Brown moderated by Rev. Ronald W. Galvin, Jr. Grossman Hall A
9:00 On Whiteness Robin DiAngelo & Jonathan M. Metzl moderated by Christopher Petrella Grossman Hall B
9:00 On the Book Idea & Proposal Georgia Bodnar & Jaya Chatterjee NT-01
10:00 On Queering Blackness Darnell Moore & Michael Arceneaux moderated by Yaba Blay  Grossman Hall A
10:00 On Slavery Erica Armstrong Dunbar & Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers moderated by Vanessa Williams Grossman Hall B
10:00 On Securing the Literary Agent Tanya McKinnon & Ayesha Pande NT-01
10:00 Antiracism 101 Workshop Rachel Cargle NT-07
11:00 On Poverty Damon Young & D. Watkins moderated by Vann R. Newkirk Grossman Hall A
11:00 On Women Morgan Jerkins & Tressie McMillan Cottom moderated by Bridget Todd Grossman Hall B
11:00 On Writing the First Book Rachael Marks & Jenn Baker NT-01
11:00 Race & Photography Workshop Matthew Amato & Shantrelle Lewis NT-07
Noon On Our Stories Imani Perry & Glory Edim moderated by Lonnae O'Neal Grossman Hall A
Noon On White Supremacy DeRay McKesson & Margaret Wilkerson Sexton moderated by Wesley Lowery Grossman Hall B
NOON From Academic to Trade Book Katy O'Donnell & Ibram X. Kendi NT-01
Noon Film Screening "I Am Not Racist... Am I?" NT-08
1:00 On Race Talk Ijeoma Oluo & Nafissa Thompson-Spires moderated by Lola Fadulu Grossman Hall A
1:00 On Democracy Carol Anderson & Ibram X. Kendi mModerated by Alicia Garza Grossman Hall B
1:00 On Fiction Writing Anjali Singh & Marita Golden NT-01
1:00 Self-Care in Activism Workshop Alex Elle NT-07
2:00 On Incarceration Elizabeth Hinton & Shane Bauer moderated by Angela J. Davis Grossman Hall A
2:00 On Youth Jason Reynolds & Jacqueline Woodson moderated by Christine Platt Grossman Hall B
2:00 On the Author Platform Howard Yoon & Derrick Young NT-01
2:00 Freedom & Vocabulary Workshop Alzo Slade NT-07
3:00 On the Lyric Tyehimba Jess & Clint Smith moderated by Rasha Abdulhadi Grossman Hall A
3:00 On Freedom David Blight & Martha Jones moderated by Marcia Chatelain Grossman Hall B
3:00 On Non-Fiction Writing Anthony Arnove, Tara Grove, & Carl Bromley NT-01
3:00 Educator Workshop Teaching for Change NT-07
4:00 On Liberating Education Bettina L. Love & Anthony Abraham Jack moderated by Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy Grossman Hall A
4:00 On Jim Crow Steve Luxenberg & Michael Eric Dyson moderated Camille A. Nelson Grossman Hall B
4:00 On the Making of the Bestseller Chris Jackson & Tracy Sherrod NT-01

National Book Critics Circle Award winning historian Carol Anderson

New York Times bestselling author Michael Arceneaux

National Magazine Award winning reporter Shane Bauer

Bancroft Prize winning Yale historian David Blight

"Must-read" new author Austin Channing Brown

Critically acclaimed essayist and sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom

New York Times bestselling author Robin DiAngelo

National Book Award Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar

New York Times bestselling author Michael Eric Dyson

Well-Read Black Girl Founder Glory Edim

Award-winning Harvard historian Elizabeth Hinton

Award-winning Harvard education professor Anthony Abraham Jack

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess

Award-winning John Hopkins historian Martha Jones

Award-winning UC Berkeley historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

National Book Award winning historian Ibram X. Kendi

Award-winning UGA education professor Bettina L. Love

Award-winning Washington Post editor Steve Luxenberg

Nationally renowned Campaign Zero Co-Founder DeRay McKesson

Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Jonathan M. Metzl

Columbia University writer-in-residence Darnell Moore

New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo

Award-winning Princeton scholar Imani Perry

New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds

Award-winning poet and writer Clint Smith

National Book Award honoree Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

PEN Open Book Award winner Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The Witness President Jemar Tisby

New York Times bestselling author D. Watkins

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jacqueline Woodson

Very Smart Brothas Cofounder Damon Young

Anthony Arnove, Founding Editor, Haymarket Books

Georgia Bodnar, Editor, Viking Books, Penguim Random House 

Carl Bromley, Editorial Director, The New Press

Jaya Chatterjee, Editor, Yale University Press

Chris Jackson, Vice President/Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, One World/Random House

Rachael Marks, Editor, Beacon Press

Tanya McKinnon, Co-Founder, McKinnon McIntyre Literary Agency

Katy O'Donnell, Senior Editor, Bold Type Books, Hachette Book Group

Ayesha Pande, Ayesha Pande Literary

Tracy Sherrod, Editorial Director, Amistad, HarperCollins Publishers

Anjali Singh, Ayesha Pande Literary

Howard Yoon, Ross Yoon Agency


The Antiracist Book Festival is made possible by the generosity of many organizations and people.

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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.

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