Charis welcomes two of our favorite path-making writers of kids' and middle grade fiction: Laurel Snyder (The Witch of Woodland, Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!, Charlie & Mouse, and many more) and Kyle Lukoff (author of "Too Bright To See," "When Aidan Became A Brother," and the forthcoming There’s No Such Thing as Vegetables and "A World Worth Saving" and more!). Snyder and Lukoff each write heart-centered stories for kids' real lives, which means that they have experienced censorship and backlash alongside praise and acclaim. In an era where telling the truth to children has become an increasingly radical and politicized act, we welcome the parents, educators, librarians, writers, and young people in our community who would like to learn more about writing and publishing in our contemporary age. This event is co-sponsored by SOJOURN. SOJOURN is the premiere resource for Jewish and LGBTQ+ education, outreach, and advocacy in the Southern U.S.
Kyle Lukoff is the author of many books for young readers. His debut middle-grade novel, Too Bright To See, received a Newbery honor, the Stonewall award, and was a National Book Award finalist. His picture book When Aidan Became A Brother also won the Stonewall, and his book Call Me Max has been banned in schools across the country. He has forthcoming books about apologies, vegetables, death, unicycles, and lots of other topics. While becoming a writer he worked as a bookseller for ten years, and then nine more years as a school librarian.
Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for young readers, including, most recently, The Witch of Woodland. Other titles include Orphan Island, which was longlisted for the National book Award, and Charlie and Mouse, which was honored with the Geisel Medal. Laurel teaches in the MFAC program at Hamline University and lives right here in Atlanta.
This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage
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