Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

YA: Revolution and Resistance

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Kekla Magoon
Revolution in Our Time, Thursday, October 21 | virtual

Kekla Magoon's young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is the Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Fire in the Streets and How It Went Down. She is also the coauthor, with Ilyasah Shabazz, of X: A Novel, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and received an NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana and now lives in Vermont, where she serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her new book, Revolution in Our Time, has been long-listed for the National Book Award.

Jamia Wilson
This Book Is Feminist, Thursday, October 21 | virtual

Jamia Wilson joined Random House as an executive editor in 2021, and is the former executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press. An activist and writer, Wilson has contributed to New York Magazine, the New York Times, the Today Show, CNN, BBC, Teen Vogue, Elle, Refinery 29, Rookie, and the Guardian. She is the author of Young Gifted and Black, Baby Young, Gifted, and Black, Step Into Your Power, and Big Ideas for Young Thinkers. She is also a coauthor of Road Map for Revolutionaries and wrote the introduction and oral history to Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. Her latest, This Book Is Feminist, illustrated by Aurélia Durand, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Carissa Romain
Thursday, October 21 | virtual


Carissa Romain is a host, storyteller, and content cultivator based in Boston. With a consistently curious mind and a passion for authentic storytelling, Romain brings down-to-earth vibes and a natural sense of confidence every time she’s in front of the camera. Romain also created a YouTube series called The Formula, which highlights the amazingly positive work being done by people of color throughout the country. In addition, Romain frequently hosts TEDx events, interviewing speakers backstage and serving as MC.

Crystal M. Fleming
Rise Up!, Thursday, October 21 | virtual

Crystal M. Fleming is an award-winning sociologist and writer. She is professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University. Fleming completed her PhD at Harvard University and publishes scholarly research on racial oppression and anti-racism. She is the author of an academic book on race and white supremacy in France, as well as the critically acclaimed How to Be Less Stupid about Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide. Her work appears in Newsweek, The Root, Huffington Post, and more.

De Nichols
Art of Protest, Thursday, October 21 | virtual

De Nichols currently serves as a Senior Product Inclusion UX Researcher at YouTube and Core Organizer of Design As Protest. She is a 2020 Monument Lab Fellow and 2020 Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her first book, Art of Protest, launches this fall.


Looking for inspiration and empowerment to get involved in political and social action? Your first stop should be this bold and galvanizing session. Kekla Magoon’s Revolution in Our Time, recently longlisted for the National Book Award, offers meticulously researched historical context for today’s Black activist movements, as the author traces the history of the Black Panther Party in a narrative Kirkus calls a “not-to-be-missed story of America’s history and current reality.” In Rise Up! sociologist Crystal M. Fleming inspires readers to take up the cause of anti-racism in their own lives, thoroughly outlining the ongoing lineage of racial injustice and outlining concrete steps young people can take to work toward justice in their own communities. Jamia Wilson’s This Book Is Feminist offers an intersectional framework for understanding the history of feminist movements and for viewing contemporary feminism as the key to overcoming systemic oppression and injustice. If hearing all these inspiring stories of activism has you ready to hit the streets, artivist De Nichols will inspire your revolutionary creativity in her new book Art of Protest. Whether you’re looking to understand how we got here or you’re ready to take on the world, this dynamic conversation, hosted by interviewer Carissa Romain, will offer you a roadmap for your own activist journey. Sponsored by Candlewick Press.

Donations made during registration or during the session will go to support the Boston Book Festival's Shelf Help Partnership, providing brand-new books and an author/illustrator visit to Boston-area public schools. This year's recipient schools are Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown and Chelsea High School in Chelsea. Thank you for your support!

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