Join us for a family-friendly afternoon in Oakland with the top creators of new children’s books and graphic novels. From the author and illustrator of the popular children’s board book A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara’s new release, My Night in the Planetarium, is centered on his childhood in Indonesia. Artist Thi Bui will share insights on her new graphic novel, The Best We Could Do, and share a sneak peek with the advance reader’s copy of A Different Pond, a children’s book written by Minneapolis-based poet Bao Phi and illustrated by Bui. Co-authors Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins share the process behind the new Fred Korematsu Speaks Up biography geared toward middle school children. Illustrator Nidhi Chanani debuts her YA graphic novel, Pashmina. Hear from these creative minds about their inspirations, artistic process, and how their personal experiences inform storytelling. Moderated by ABC7 News. Children and youth under 18 are free.
12:00pm Book Fair
12:30pm Doors Open (Light snacks and coloring sheets available!)
1:00pm Panel and Q&A
2:00pm Meet the Artist and book signing
Images (left to right): art by Nidhi Chanani, The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, book cover of My Night at the Planetarium by Innosanto Nagara, and book cover of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi.
Expected Guests in Attendance: Stan Yogi (Senior Consultant), Laura Atkins (Author/Editor), Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator/Artist), Innosanto Nagara (Author/Illustrator), Thi Bui (Cartoonist/Graphic Novelist)