A Morning Chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney

h1 October 17th, 2013 by jules

…Our publishing community needs more people of color working in publishing houses at all levels and in all departments to 1) hire people of color; 2) mentor and retain those people; 3) acquire books; 4) get behind books and nurture the talent that creates them so they’re encouraged to keep writing and illustrating. It’s that simple. But it’s not easy.”

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This morning over at Kirkus, I chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney about her research for Martin & Mahalia, collaborating with Brian, the state of so-called multicultural books, and more. That link is here.

For those who want to see some art from this, her newest picture book, there’s a beautiful spread from Brian over at the column this morning, and next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll have some more of his spreads from this book.

Until tomorrow …

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3 comments to “A Morning Chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney”

  1. “Sure to become an indispensable part of annual Black History Month celebrations …” kind of a blithely ironic statement when measured against the idea that diversity is something for, oh, everyday, and not just special Tuesdays in February. This “simple” but not easy thing Pinkney is talking about is rooted RIGHT THERE.

  2. Ah, Tanita. Good point. I hadn’t thought about that from the review.

  3. A seamless back and forth that makes one feel like they are listening in on an important and open conversation. Been a Brian Pinkney fan for a long while, now. Looking forward to seeing this out on shelves.

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