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Bringing New Voices To YA Literature

Delores Williams and Lauren Anderson, co-owners of People Get Ready Bookstore.
Lauren Anderson
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Delores Williams and Lauren Anderson, co-owners of People Get Ready Bookstore.

This Program Originally Aired on December 23rd, 2020.

As the country’s young population is becoming more diverse, children’s and young adult literature books are struggling with representation. According to a 2019 report on diversity in books, roughly 42% of books feature a white main character. So, what is being done to disrupt this?

This hour on Disrupted, we delve into the world of young adult literature and why it is important to see representation and diversity in books. We’ll hear from Chandra Prasad about writing multi-racial characters and a young author about protesting. We’ll also hear from a local bookstore on what they are doing to bring more representation and inclusion to their community.

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This week’s episode was originally produced by Daniela Luna and Catie Talarski. Our team also includes James Szkobel-Wolff and Zshekinah Collier.

Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of Disrupted on WNPR.