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2014 Harlem Book Fair: Panel on Multicultural Book Publishing

Veronica Creech; Pat Cummings; Hannah Ehrlich; Wade Hudson; Brian Kenney; Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati; Mutiya Vision

About the Program

This panel of experts explores approaches to increasing audience awareness and market demand for multicultural literature.  They include acquiring libraries and expanding the interpretation of multicultural. 

The panelists are Brian Kenney, the Director of the White Plains Public Library; Pat Cummings, Author/Illustrator; Mutiya Vision, the Publisher of  Vision Works Publishing; Hanna Erlich, Director of Marketing for Lee & Low Books; Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati, the Director of The Literary; and Veronica Creech, Senior Director of Global Engagement at First Book.

About the Authors

Wade Hudson

Wade Hudson is the co-founder of Just Us Books with Cheryl Willis Hudson. The publishing company was launched in 1988. Mr Hudson is the author and editor of several children's books, including "Book of Black Heroes - Scientists Healers and Inventors: An Introduction for Young Readers" and "Powerful Words: More Than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writing by African Americans."

Brian Kenney

Mr. Kenney is the Director of the White Plains Public Library and a contributing editor to Publisher's Weekly.  He is a former editorial director at Library Journal.

Pat Cummings

Ms. Cummings is the author/illustrator of My Aunt Came Back and Angel Baby.  She is also the illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award winners My Mama Needs Me and Storm in the Night. She has also been an instructor of children’s book illustration at the Parsons School of Design.

Mutiya Vision

Ms. Vision is the publisher of Vision Works Publishing.  She is the co-author with her husband David of ten inspirational children's books.

Hannah Ehrlich

Ms. Erlich is Director of Marketing for Lee Low Books, where she's worked since 2008.  She worked for Folio Literary and is a graduate of Tufts University.

Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati

Ms. Sgambati is the CEO of Literary Media & Publishing Consultants.  She is also the founder of the African American Children's Book Project.

Veronica Creech

Ms. Creech is the Senior Director of Global Engagement at First Book.  She is also the President of Purple Porch Properties.

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2014 Harlem Book Fair: Panel on Multicultural Book Publishing

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Past Airings

  • Monday, August 18th at 4am (ET)
  • Saturday, July 26th at 10:45am (ET)
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