F276. Reading as a Revolutionary Act: Inciting Change in the Literary Community

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


How can organizations and members of the literary community connect with readers? How do they engage and incite readers? How can books help create community and foster diversity? This panel will explore the ways in which reading can be an active and effective medium for inciting change and how organizations can work with readers to further their mission and work. We will discuss topics such as how to start and sustain a book club and how reading can unite disparate peoples.


Rebecca Stump

Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the publisher of Guernica magazine and the director of education at Tribeca Film Institute.

Yahdon Israel is a twenty-six-year-old writer who writes about race, class, gender, and culture in America. He is a contributing editor at LitHub and runs a popular Instagram page which promotes literature and fashion under the hashtag, #literaryswag. Above all else: he keeps it lit.

Renée Watson is an author and educator. Her books include: Piecing Me Together, This Side of Home, and Harlem's Little Blackbird. She teaches at Pine Manor College for Solstice MFA in Children's Literature program.

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. WRBG’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside