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African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History--Tracey Baptiste in conversation with Gabriel Bump

Event date: 
Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Charis welcomes Tracey Baptiste in conversation with Gabriel Bump for a celebration of African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History. Meet ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago and changed the world. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

Black history began long ago with the many cultures and people of the African continent.

Through portraits of ten heroic figures, author Tracey Baptiste takes readers on a journey across Africa to meet some of the great leaders and thinkers whose vision built a continent and shaped the world.

Illustrator Hillary D. Wilson’s brilliant portraits accompany each profile, along with vivid, information-filled landscapes, maps, and graphics for readers to pore over and return to again and again.  

Tracey Baptiste lived in Trinidad until she was fifteen; she grew up on jumbies stories and fairy tales and is the author of The Jumbies series, in addition to the New York Times bestseller, Minecraft: The Crash. She is a former teacher who works as a writer and editor. Visit her online at traceybaptiste.com and on Twitter: @TraceyBaptiste.

Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and other publications. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, New York. Everywhere You Don’t Belong is his first novel.

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African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History By Tracey Baptiste Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781616209001
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 19th, 2021

“In African Icons, Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers . . . This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa.”
—Ibram X.


Because Claudette By Tracey Baptiste, Tonya Engel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tracey Baptiste, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593326404
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - February 1st, 2022

From NYT bestselling author Tracey Baptiste comes a singular picture book that is both a biography about Claudette Colvin, the teen whose activism launched the Montgomery bus boycott, and a celebration of collective action.


Marley and the Family Band  By Cedella Marley, Tracey Baptiste, Tiffany Rose (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593301111
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

A picture book that celebrates music, love, and family from author Cedella Marley. A poetic story about a young girl who moves to a new country and learns to make friends—inspired by a childhood growing up with the musician Bob Marley as a father.


The Jumbies By Tracey Baptiste Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781616205928
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

The start of an exciting series filled with Caribbean folklore and daring adventure.

Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children.


Minecraft: The Crash: An Official Minecraft Novel By Tracey Baptiste Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780399180682
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Worlds - March 2nd, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This official Minecraft novel is an action-packed thriller! When a new virtual-reality version of the game brings her dreams—and doubts—to life, one player must face her fears.


Everywhere You Don't Belong By Gabriel Bump Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643750859
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - January 12th, 2021

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2020

Winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

“A comically dark coming-of-age story about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, but it’s also social commentary at its finest, woven seamlessly into the work . . .


Event Summary: 
Meet ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago and changed the world.