Let Me Speak
2019 Annual Benefit

Monday, November 11, 2019

Tribeca 360°
10 Desbrosses St, New York, NY 10013

6pm Cocktails + Silent Auction | 7pm Dinner + Awards
Silent Auction by NCAC’s Arts Advocacy Program | Hosted on Paddle8 from October 2019

Additional honorees and auction information to be announced!

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Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds was named the American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, and served as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month in April 2018, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Jason’s many works of fiction include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You, For Every One, Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor and most recently Look Both Ways. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Event Chair

Justin Chanda

Justin Chanda has been VP, Publisher of the S&S Books for Young Readers imprint since 2007 and the McElderry Books and Atheneum Books for Young Readers Imprints since 2009. He cofounded the Salaam Reads imprint in 2016. He oversees the publication of nearly three hundred and fifty titles per year ranging from picture book to YA and everything in between. He is keenly interested in publishing books that are equal parts commercial and literary, books that make a contribution to the tradition, while truly entertaining kids. Aside working with a terrific editorial team he has the privilege of editing talents authors and illustrators such as Patricia MacLachlan, Peter Brown, Jessie Sima, E.R. Frank,  SJ Kincaid, Carter Goodrich, Aaron Reynolds, Michael Ian Black, Karma Wilson, Debbie Ohi, and Morgan Matson. Justin is also an adjunct instructor for the NYU Graduate Publishing Program.

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