Fort Bend County Libraries presents Author Spotlight: Voices of Diversity
Fort Bend County Libraries, in conjunction with the Fort Bend County Diversity Over Division Initiative, will present a special series – “Author Spotlight: Voices of Diversity” – during the month of February. Local African-American authors Tonya Duncan Ellis, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, and Crystal Allen will share their insight and experiences in online, livestreamed interviews.
Viewers can hear about the authors’ journeys to having their books published, challenges they faced, and the inspiration behind their passion for writing. Viewers will have an opportunity to submit questions for the authors and ask about their books and their experiences.
Schedule of events
- February 6: Tonya Duncan Ellis - A former journalist, Ellis is the author of the Amazon bestselling Sophie Washington children’s book series. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Authors Guild.
- February 20: Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton - An internationally-known writer, educator, activist, and performer, Mouton is a Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston. Formerly ranked the No. 2 best female performance poet in the world, Mouton has established herself as a notable force in the performance and slam-poetry world.
- February 27: Crystal Allen - The author of the Mya Tybbs middle school series, Allen works extensively with schools across Texas to encourage children to write their stories. Recipient of the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Humor Award in 2018 for The Magnificent Mya Tibbs, Allen has also received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal.
To register on the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the programs.