On May 8th, BookCon announced a new addition to their panel line-up called The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks. The panel will focus on the highlights of the diversity campaign, which saw a total of 87,250 tweets from 23,275 unique Twitter users as of May 6th, and the success of grassroots activism. The panelists will also talk about the next steps in the campaign and how everyone can bring more diversity to their bookshelves.
The panel will include five members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign – Ellen Oh (Prophecy), Aisha Saeed (Written in the Stars), Marieke Nijkamp (founder of DiversifYA), Lamar Giles (Fake ID) and Mike Jung (Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities) – as well as featured authors Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), Matt de la Peña (The Living), and Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon).
This comes hot off the heels of BookCon’s failure to create a line-up of diverse panelists and featured authors. All originally scheduled authors at BookCon were white. Several additions have been made since then to add people of color to the roster, especially after the success of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.
The panel will take place on May 31st at BookCon in Room 1E02 of the Jacob K. Javits Center at 10 am.