2023 Festival Opening Keynote: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone

Graphic of the 2023 Festival Opening Keynote with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone on Thursday, September 21 at 7 pm at Wait Chapel. Join us on Thursday, September 21, 2023 to kick off the 18th Annual Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors with Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone at Wait Chapel!

Kendi and Stone will discuss their book How to Be a (Young) Antiracist; this will be an in-conversation event with a conversation partner to be announced.

Tickets are $30.00 (+ taxes and fees) and include admission to the event and a paperback copy of How to Be a (Young) Antiracist. Please note that books will not be signed, and there will not be a booksigning or opportunity to meet the authors at this event. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with general admission seating.

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United Way of Forsyth County is sponsoring this community event, aligning with its commitment to creating more equitable communities, ensuring childhood success, and improving economic mobility. "Join us as a proud supporter of this extraordinary opportunity, where ideas and inspiration collide, led by the insightful minds of Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone. Bookmarks is doing an astounding job of gathering the community to embrace diversity, promote inclusivity, and champion change for a better Forsyth. These conversations are critical to our work in convening the community's resources to do the most good." Antonia Monk Richburg, Ph.D., United Way of Forsyth County President and CEO.

About the Book

The New York Times bestseller How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi is shaping the way a generation thinks about race and racism. How to be a (Young) Antiracist is a dynamic reframing of the concepts shared in the adult book, with young adulthood front and center. Aimed at readers 12 and up, and co-authored by award-winning children's book author Nic Stone, How to be a (Young) Antiracist empowers teen readers to help create a more just society.

Antiracism is a journey--and now young adults will have a map to carve their own path. Kendi and Stone have revised this work to provide anecdotes and data that speaks directly to the experiences and concerns of younger readers, encouraging them to think critically and build a more equitable world in doing so.

About the Authors

Ibram X. Kendi  is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic  and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and five #1 New York Times  bestsellers including How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and  Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His latest books are How to Raise an Antiracist and Goodnight Racism, illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc. In 2020, Time  magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “Genius Grant.”

Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. Her debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, and her debut middle-grade novel, Clean Getaway, were both  New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of Odd On Out, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, Jackpot, and Shuri: A Black Panther Novel. Dear Justyce, the sequel to Dear Martin, recently published. She is one of the authors in the New York Times bestselling book Black Out, recently optioned for as a new anthology program for Netflix by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground. 

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Wait Chapel
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27109