Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

BPL Roxbury Branch Reopening: Dream Street Story Time


Ekua Holmes
Dream Street, Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square

Ekua Holmes is the acclaimed bestselling illustrator of several award-winning picture books, including Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer (Caldecott Honor, NAACP Image Award, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award, Sibert Honor), Out of Wonder (Coretta Scott King Award, New York Times bestseller), and The Stuff of Stars (Coretta Scott King Award). A painter and collage artist, she graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Dream Street, out in November 2021, is her homage, with author cousin Tricia Elam Walker, to the street they grew up on in Roxbury.

Tricia Elam Walker
Dream Street, Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square

Tricia Elam Walker is the author of the acclaimed picture book Nana Akua Goes to School, which received the 2021 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and the Children's Africana Book Award, as well as four starred reviews. The Wall Street Journal hailed it as a “a picture book . . . that captures a complex vulnerability that every child feels at one point or another.” Walker also wrote a novel for adults, Breathing Room, under the name Patricia Elam. She is a cultural and fashion commentator and blogger, and has written for National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Essence magazine, HuffPost, and more. She practiced law for sixteen years prior to teaching writing in Washington, DC, and Boston. Currently, Walker is an assistant professor of creative writing at Howard University, and resides in Takoma Park, Maryland with her husband. Visit her at triciaelamwalker.com.


We’re pleased to present a handful of interactive, family-friendly activities in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of their celebration of the newly remodeled and reopened Roxbury Branch, which recently won an ALA/AIA Library Building Award. These activities are made possible with the support of the Wagner Foundation.

At 1pm, two Roxbury natives—author Tricia Elam Walker and artist Ekua Holmes—will read their forthcoming picture book Dream Street, a love letter to growing up in this vibrant Boston neighborhood. The first 25 families to attend and sign up will receive a free copy of the book when it publishes next month!