For Adults

2019 Indy Bookfest and Juneteenth Celebration


Central Library
June 22nd, 11am - 4pm

The entire community is invited for a day of celebrating authors and books. There will be an artists' market, writer's workshop, children's activities, vendors, registration for the Summer Reading Program and Library cards. Juneteenth will also be celebrated with a Civil War reenactment.

Highlights for the day include:

Keynote: Patricia "Ms. Pat" Williams (11:30 am, CBLC)

Rabbit the Autobiography of Ms. Pat

Patricia "Ms. Pat" Williams is a comedian, host of the podcast, ThePatdown with Ms. Pat, and author of Rabbit: the Autobiography of Ms. Pat in which Williams traces her youth in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic, discussing her experiences with petty crime and prostitution that led to her becoming a mother at age thirteen before resolving to secure a better life for her children. Ms. Pat's

Presenter: Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox (1:00 pm, Clowes Auditorium)

The Bone and Sinew of the Land

Award-winning historian Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox from Harvard’s Hutchins Center and author of The Bone & Sinew of the Land will join Susan Hall-Dotson from the Indiana Historical Society in conversation about the Thanos-like power that historians have to erase people from the past, and the effect that has on our nation today.

Youth Writing Workshop: Tyra Seldon, Ph.D. (1:00 pm, Riley Meeting Room)

One of the most important ways we express our ideas and thoughts is through the writing process. Whether it is content for a rap, a poem, a short story, IG posts, texting, tweeting, snapchatting or even a book, understanding the art of storytelling is at the center of this engaging and fun-filled workshop. Registration is required and closes by June 20, 2019.

Indy Bookfest is sponsored by the Library's African American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

Center for Black Literature & Culture
Center for Black Literature & Culture


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Reading Lists about African American history, literature, film and more:

It's All Different Now: 10 Books for Kids to Celebrate Juneteenth

June 19th is Juneteenth, a day set aside to remember the people and events that finally lead to the end of slavery in the United States. Choose a book from this list to step into the 1860s and into the shoes of some of the people who lived at that time - the years leading up to the emancipation proclamation and the years immediately following it. #indyplkids

All Different Now

Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Johnson, Angela

Tells the story of a family from Texas in 1865 who start their day as slaves working in a cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom. The day is Juneteenth, 1865.

Under the Freedom Tree

VanHecke, Susan

One night in 1861 three escaped slaves made their way to a Union fort and were granted protection. Word got out that protection was granted there. Before long, thousands of runaway slaves came to the fort, seeking their freedom. They built the first African American community in the country. In 1863, they listened to one of the first readings of the Emancipation Proclamation under a tree now known as Emancipation Oak.

Juneteenth for Mazie

Cooper, Floyd

Mazie is not happy about some of the rules she has to follow, like how many cookies she can eat. Her dad uses the opportunity to talk about what freedom really means. He talks to her about Juneteenth and how it is still significant today.