Author Event: Tracy Deonn (Legendborn) and Kwame Mbalia (Tristan Strong)

When

Saturday, August 28, 2021
9:00am to 12:00pm

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Come celebrate high quality and diverse literature with North Carolina young adult authors Tracy Deonn and Kwame Mbalia, special guest speakers at the 2021 Young Adult Colloquium. Deonn and Mbalia will give author talks, followed by a panel discussion, all of which are free and open to the public. Schedule below -- feel free to join us for one or all of the morning talks. Educators wishing to register for the Colloquium must register using this link; general public attendees can reserve their tickets on this page. General seating will be available in the Hunt Library auditorium. 

9:00-10:00 a.m. - Tracy Deonn

10:00-11:00 a.m. - Kwame Mbalia

11:00- noon - Author Panel facilitated by Michelle Falter, assistant professor of English Education at NC State, with panelists Jewel Davis, Kwame Mbalia, Tracy Deonn.

The sponsors for this program are NC Humanities, Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, and NC State University Libraries. Partners include Quail Ridge Bookshop, NC State College of Education, and METRC. 

Face coverings will be required for attendees of this event, regardless of vaccination status, to comply with the University's guidelines for indoor instructional spaces. For more information visit https://www.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions/ 

If a disability-related accommodation would allow you to more fully participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at marian_fragola@ncsu.edu or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

Please register here.

About the authors:

Jewel Davis, an education librarian and associate professor in the Instructional Materials Center of Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons. Davis is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), a member of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury, a board member of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), and a member of Belk Library’s Library Council. She is past chair of the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic and Minority Concerns. Davis holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a Master of Arts in teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her scholarly interests include diversity in children’s and young adult literature, critical media literacy, and arts-based research. She currently researches representations of race and culture in young adult speculative fiction.

Kwame is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY was awarded a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and it—along with the sequels TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD and TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING, out October 5th—is published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. He is the co-author of LAST GATE OF THE EMPEROR with Prince Joel Makonnen, from Scholastic Books, and the editor of BLACK BOY JOY, a middle-grade anthology from Delacourte, out August 3rd. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he survives on Dad jokes and Cheezits.

Tracy Deonn is the New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award-winning author of Legendborn, and a second-generation fangirl. After earning her master’s degrees in communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked in live theater, video games, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at SFF conventions, reads fanfic, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything.

 

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Event Description

Come celebrate high quality and diverse literature with North Carolina young adult authors Tracy Deonn and Kwame Mbalia, special guest speakers at the 2021 Young Adult Colloquium. Deonn and Mbalia will give author talks, followed by a panel discussion, all of which are free and open to the public. Schedule below -- feel free to join us for one or all of the morning talks. Educators wishing to register for the Colloquium must register using this link; general public attendees can reserve their tickets on this page. General seating will be available in the Hunt Library auditorium. 

9:00-10:00 a.m. - Tracy Deonn

10:00-11:00 a.m. - Kwame Mbalia

11:00- noon - Author Panel facilitated by Michelle Falter, assistant professor of English Education at NC State, with panelists Jewel Davis, Kwame Mbalia, Tracy Deonn.

The sponsors for this program are NC Humanities, Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, and NC State University Libraries. Partners include Quail Ridge Bookshop, NC State College of Education, and METRC. 

Face coverings will be required for attendees of this event, regardless of vaccination status, to comply with the University's guidelines for indoor instructional spaces. For more information visit https://www.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions/ 

If a disability-related accommodation would allow you to more fully participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at marian_fragola@ncsu.edu or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

Please register here.

About the authors:

Jewel Davis, an education librarian and associate professor in the Instructional Materials Center of Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons. Davis is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), a member of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury, a board member of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), and a member of Belk Library’s Library Council. She is past chair of the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic and Minority Concerns. Davis holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a Master of Arts in teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her scholarly interests include diversity in children’s and young adult literature, critical media literacy, and arts-based research. She currently researches representations of race and culture in young adult speculative fiction.

Kwame is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY was awarded a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and it—along with the sequels TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD and TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING, out October 5th—is published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. He is the co-author of LAST GATE OF THE EMPEROR with Prince Joel Makonnen, from Scholastic Books, and the editor of BLACK BOY JOY, a middle-grade anthology from Delacourte, out August 3rd. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he survives on Dad jokes and Cheezits.

Tracy Deonn is the New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award-winning author of Legendborn, and a second-generation fangirl. After earning her master’s degrees in communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked in live theater, video games, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at SFF conventions, reads fanfic, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything.

 

Contact Information

Marian Fragola
919-513-3481

Admission Information

Free and open to the public. Please register.

Accessibility

If assistive technology, live captioning, or other accommodations would improve your experience at this event, please contact us. We encourage you to contact us early about this to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Photos of the authors.