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Listen to Interview with Varian Johnson, Author of Young Adult Books for African Americans

March 31, 2011 1 comment

Varian Johnson, author of Saving Maddie, was  a guest on the May 1 edition of KAZI Book Review at 12:30 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen to a podcast of the interview by clicking here: Varian Johnson Interview.

Varian Johnson

He is also the author of My Life as a Rhombus (2008) and A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid ( 2005). He was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. Varian later attended the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Varian now lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Crystal, and is a member of SCBWI, the Writers’ League of Texas, and The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN). Varian is also the co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, an online community charged with highlighting established and up-and-coming African-American authors of children’s and young adult literature.

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Black History Month Celebration of African American Authors on February 12

February 7, 2011 1 comment

In celebration of Black History Month, KAZI Book Review, the Texas Book Festival, and The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center invite all to a special presentation on African American authors. Radio talk show host Hopeton Hay will lead a fascinating group of authors in an engaging discussion. Each author brings a remarkably extensive and varied perspective to the event. One has written prolifically on African Americans in business.  Another’s books harness the imaginations of today’s youth. While the third brings her extensive knowledge of literary legend Richard Wright, providing historical perspective to this discussion.

This event is open to the public with no RSVP needed.  Arrive early to secure seating.

DATE:                    Saturday, February 12

TIME:                    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:               Carver Museum and Cultural Center,1161 Angelina, Austin, 78702, directions

Moderator:

Hopeton Hay, host and producer of KAZI Book Review show, Sundays 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. and Economic Perspectives show, Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM Radio, publisher and editor of KAZI Book Review and Economic Perspectives blogs

Speakers:

Dr. Juliet  Walker is a prolific author with an expertise on African American businesses and author of the award winning The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship.  She has a Ph.D. in Americ an History from The University of Chicago. She is a professor in the History Department of the University of Texas at Austin and the founder and director of the Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship and Technology.  She is also the author of War, Peace, and Structural Violence:  Peace Activism and the African-American Experience and Free Frank:  A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier.


Dr. Jennifer Jensen Wallach is a scholar of African American Studies and author of Richard Wright: From Black Boy to World Citizen. Dr. Wallach has a Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies from The University of Massachusetts.  She is an assistant professor of history at The University of North Texas.   Dr. Wallach’s broad area of specialization is the history of African-Americans in the South since the Civil War. Her particular interests include questions of historical memory and historical methodology, African-American and Southern autobiographies, and the Civil Rights Movement. She has an interest in Southern and African-American food history.

Varian Johnson is the author of Saving Maddie, My Life as a Rhombus, and A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from The University of Oklahoma and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  He  is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents.  Varian is also the co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, an online community charged with highlighting established and up-and-coming African-American authors of children’s and young adult literature

Partners:

The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

KAZI Book Review and Economic Perspectives

Texas Book Festival

Additional Sponsors:

Soulciti

Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals