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Posted on: October 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Author of Teen Books Lamar Giles to speak at Slover Library

Tuesday, October 8th (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Author of Teen Books Lamar Giles to speak at Slover Library for Changing the Narrative

NORFOLK, VA— Slover Library will host teen author Lamar Giles on Tuesday, October 8th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Engagement room (650) as part of the Changing the Narrative movement created by Virginia Humanities. Changing the Narrative uses the humanities-based tools of story and storytelling to help Virginians create bridges between the past, present, and future to advance racial healing in six key locales: Richmond, Arlington, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Norfolk. The program is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation through a two-year grant to implement Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation guidelines.

Lamar Giles is a well published author of eight books for middle-grade to young adult readers and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit and grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. He has two novels forthcoming in 2020: Not so Pure and Simple, his first Contemporary Coming-of-Age Story (HarperTeen/HarperCollins), and The Last Mirror on the Left (Versify/HMH), the sequel to his 2019 hit The Last-Last Day of Summer (Versify/HMH).

Giles will speak about authors from marginalized communities and how he wants to be a champion and model for children and potential authors. Students in attendance are invited to share their stories during the event and participate in the zine-making station. Through sharing and exploring diverse stories of Virginia, young readers and authors will cultivate a more inclusive narrative, one in which all Virginians can feel valued.

Author Talk: Lamar Giles
Tuesday, October 8th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Slover Library Community Engagement Room 650

For more information on “Changing the Narrative,” visit

About Slover Library: Slover Library blends traditional library functions with the best of contemporary library resources and services. The innovative space design creates a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement, available to all citizens of the region, and it is known as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.

Slover Library is located in beautiful downtown Norfolk on the corner of Plume and Atlantic Street near MacArthur Square and the MacArthur Memorial. Call (757) 431-7491 for more information. 

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