Biddy Mason Speaks Up Book Launch

Saturday Jan 12 2019   2:00 PM
African American Museum and Library  659 14th St, Oakland, CA  map

Biddy Mason Speaks Up, the second book in Heyday’s Fighting for Justice series, releases on February 1, 2019. You’re invited to our Launch Party, which will include a spoken program with authors Arisa White and Laura Atkins giving a short presentation about their book, along with several other speakers including Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU of Northern California, and Steve Wasserman, publisher and executive director of Heyday.

Books will be available for purchase/signing by the authors. Refreshments will be served.

Appropriate for adults and children ages 10+ (no activities will be provided).

We’d like to thank our partners for their gracious support:
African American Museum & Library, ACLU of Northern California, and Marcus Books

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page.

Arisa WhiteArisa White is a Cave Canem graduate poet and her work has been nominated for the NAACP Image Awards, California Book Awards, and Wheatley Book Awards. Her recent poetry collection You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened was a nominee for the 29th Lambda Literary Awards. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color. She serves on the board of directors for Nomadic Press and is an assistant professor at Colby College. Visit her website at
Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children’s literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to cowriting Fred Korematsu Speaks UpLaura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at