Columbus Day has passed, and this year it was met with a fair amount of defiance via social media. The hashtag #IndigenousPeoplesDay trended on Twitter, and was seen on other social media channels including Facebook. Although Native Americans are an integral part of the history of the United States, their voices have been unheard or misrepresented in many aspects of media.
Recently, Betsy Bird, youth materials specialist at the NYPL moderated a panel featuring authors Eric Gansworth and Joseph Bruchac who were joined by Cheryl Klein, executive editor at Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, and Stacy Whitman, editorial director at Tu Books. The conversation extended beyond Native Americans being underrepresented. The panelists delved into the intricacies of writing and editing a book tied to a specific cultural framework; adults writing for, and in the voice of young adults; and other diversity related topics.
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