— Helen DeWitt, The Last Samurai
— James Baldwin, Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone
We’re excited to provide a transcript of the team and author portions of our panel (due to time constraints, the Q&A session will need to wait until a later time due to the audio quality). Here you go:
Transcript of The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel
May 31, 2014
Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
NB: transcript is edited slightly for clarity
I.W. Gregorio: I’d like to start off by doing a virtual mic drop for everyone who Tweeted and submitted photos.
My name is I.W. Gregorio, and on behalf of the whole #WeNeedDiverseBooks team I’d like to thank you for being here. As you know, #WeNeedDiverseBooks is a grassroots campaign, and by definition it owes its success to you. So please accept our sincerest gratitude for your Tweets, your retweets, your love and your support. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce some key members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks team.