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Sat June 29 @ 10:00 am | 5:00 pm

austin african american book ferstival austin tx

Renowned poet and author Nikki Giovanni will headline the 18th Annual Austin African American Book Festival on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at the George Washington Carver Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year’s festival, themed Black Feeling, Black Talk: Activism in Poetry and Prose, will highlight the transformative power of literature in fostering activism and meaningful change in our community.

The festival will feature engaging readings, enlightening discussions, and captivating performances by renowned authors, poets, and artists from the African American community. Attendees can expect a diverse lineup of events that amplify voices of change and challenge perspectives through the rhythmic beauty of words and verse.

This year’s festival will also include special programming for students and families, including:

  • Wade Hudson will share empowering stories and insights into diverse children’s literature, enriching young minds with stories beautifully representing Black boys and girls.
  • China Smith, along with Ballet Afrique, will lead a captivating workshop titled Dance A Poem, where children will bring the words of a poem to life through movement and dance.
  • Don Tate, Children’s author and illustrator, returns with engaging storytelling and interactive
    art projects that inspire and entertain young audiences.

The festival aims to foster a welcoming environment where diverse voices are celebrated, and literature serves
as a catalyst for meaningful conversations and connections. Through interactive sessions and engaging presentations,
students will have the opportunity to explore themes of activism, identity, and social change in African American
literature. Additionally, the festival will provide resources and support for educators interested in incorporating diverse
literature into their curriculum.

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