Midland Authors presents AUTHENTIC VOICES:

Three authors on representation, writing & diversity in literature

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Social: 6:30-7 p.m. / Panel discussion: 7-8:15 p.m. Central


Claire Hartfield, moderator, YA nonfiction
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919.
Hartfield is the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author award winner for her account of the 1919 Chicago race riot sparked by racial inequities that remain central today.

Crystal Chan, middle grade fiction.
All That I Can Fix
Chan has written two starred review books featuring mixed-race protagonists growing up in the small-town Midwest.

Amina Gautier, adult short stories.
At-Risk: Stories
Gautier has received numerous prestigious awards for her three short story collections. She writes about the experience of African-Americans and Afro-Puerto Ricans in the northeastern United States.

Rita Woods, adult historical fiction.
Woods is a first-time author who has received much praise for her work that mixes history and fantasy to tell the stories of four Black women across 200 years.

Purchase panelists’ books via Semicolon: SemiColonChi.com

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For more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or [email protected]