Join us as we chat with Illinois author and diversity community member, Barbara Binns, and celebrate her debut middle grade novel, “Courage” (Harper Collins).
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators
DATE AND TIME: September 19th at 7pm CST
Barbara Binns is an award-winning African American author of contemporary, multicultural children’s novels and short stories. She is the eldest of five children and grew up on Chicago’s south side. Like many of her characters, she was forced to assume adult roles at a young age. Now she hopes to inspire both readers and fellow authors of color.
She finds writing the perfect follow-up to her life as an adoptive parent and cancer survivor. Barbara has connections in both the writing and librarian communities and is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and BCALA (Black Caucus of the ALA). She has spoken at numerous venues, including the American Library Association national conference and the National Conference of African American Librarians. In October 2018 she will speak at the Illinois Library Association conference.
Her debut middle grade novel, Courage, was published by Harper Children’s in July, 2018. In addition, she has published several young adult novels under the name B A Binns.
She blogs about YA and multicultural issues on http://babinns.com/barbarabinnsblog, She also guest blogs once a month at the Romancing the Genres blog –http://romancingthegenres.blogspot.com/