About

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research will host the 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival. This event will be held virtually to protect the safety of our community.

The #AntiracistBookfest is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow. Panels are topically organized with two authors and a moderator. There will also be workshops for writers facilitated by leading book editors and literary agents. The National Antiracist Book Festival is a ticketed event. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the work of the BU Center for Antiracist Research.

The 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival was originally scheduled for April 25, 2020, and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Media Contact: Event is by RSVP. Media members are required to RSVP by March 31. Please contact antiracistbookfest@bu.edu

Accessibility: ASL Interpreters and live captioning provided for all Author Panels and Writers' Workshops. 

Festival Lineup


9:00 AM

On Mothers & Daughters with Celeste Ng and Sarah Broom

9:00 AM

On Trauma with Resmaa Menakem and Albert Woodfox

9:00 AM

On Bringing People Together with Alicia Garza and Ilhan Omar

9:00 AM

On Knowing When You Have a Great Book Idea with Vanessa Mobley and Gayatri Patnaik

10:00 AM

On Mothers & Sons with Imani Perry and Kiese Laymon

10:00 AM

Envisioning Anew with Lonnie Bunch and Rion Amilcar Scott

10:00 AM

On Memoir with Sunny Hostin and Maria Hinojosa

10:00 AM

On Developing a Successful Book Proposal with Anjali Singh and Regina Brooks

11:00 AM

On a New America with Heather McGhee and Eddie S. Glaude Jr

11:00 AM

On Indigenous Peoples History with David Treuer and David Silverman

11:00 AM

On Immigrant Stories with Angie Cruz and Michael Zapata

11:00 AM

On Acquiring a Literary Agent with Ayesha Pande and Tanya McKinnon

12:00 PM

On Love and Hate with Kiley Reid and Deesha Philyaw

12:00 PM

On Latinx Activism with Johanna Fernández and Paul Ortiz

12:00 PM

On Segregation with Noliwe Rooks and Mehrsa Baradaran

12:00 PM

On the Undocumented with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio and Valeria Luiselli

1:00 PM

On Sexual Violence with Chanel Miller

1:00 PM

On Immigration History with Alina Das and Erika Lee

1:00 PM

On Intellectual Warfare with Charles King and Nicholas Buccola

1:00 PM

On Securing a Children's Book Contract with Namrata Tripathi and Alvina Ling

1:00 PM

On Popular Culture with Brittney Cooper and Salamishah Tillet

2:00 PM

On Decolonizing Wealth with Anand Giridharadas and Edgar Villanueva

2:00 PM

On Feminism with Mikki Kendall and Feminista Jones

2:00 PM

On Talking Race with Mira Jacob and Tiffany Jewell

3:00 PM

On Islamophobia with Linda Sarsour and Sahar Mustafah

3:00 PM

On Racial Capitalism with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Marcia Chatelain

3:00 PM

On Race & Sport with Howard Bryant and Dave Zirin

3:00 PM

On the Making Of A Revolutionary Book with Chris Jackson and Tracy Sherrod

4:00 PM

On Teaching Antiracism with Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

4:00 PM

On Mass Incarceration with Emily Bazelon and Zach Norris

4:00 PM

On Christ & Justice with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Karen González

4:00 PM

On Refuge with Tommy Orange and Robert Jones, Jr.

5:00 PM

On the Politics of Love with Min Jin Lee and Jacqueline Woodson

5:00 PM

On Black Masculinity with Saeed Jones and Mitchell Jackson

5:00 PM

On Teaching Justice with Carole Lindstrom and Nic Stone

5:00 PM

On Shame Resilience with Tarana Burke, Brené Brown, and Yaba Blay

Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets from 2020 will automatically be accepted for this year’s festival, and there is no action required on your part.
Please be advised that some of the original panels from the postponed 2020 Festival may now have an updated time, topic and/or panelist(s). We are unable to process exchanges, but you are welcome to request a refund through Eventbrite and purchase new tickets for the panel(s) you wish to see.
The first 500 people to purchase All Access Pass tickets will receive a signed copy of Stamped From the Beginning and a commemorative tote bag. We will contact you after the Festival to request your shipping address to send your book & bag if you are among the first 500. Additionally, all All Access Pass holders will receive access to each panel session, as well as access to view session recordings until 11:59pm ET on Sunday, 4/25.
Unfortunately, we are not accepting purchase orders for payment for the 2021 National Antiracist Book Festival.
All Access Pass holders will have access to view panel recordings up until 11:59pm ET on Sunday, April 25th
Press passes are available by request at antiracistbookfest@bu.edu until we reach our capacity