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Why Reading Matters: Building a New Audience
June 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm| $35
The National Book Foundation’s second annual Why Reading Matters conference returns on June 15 for a full day of presentations focused on building a new audience for books. The conference will bring together educators, non-profit administrators, librarians, academics, publishing professionals, writers, and literary activists of all kinds to discover and share ways to welcome more readers into their community.
Why Reading Matters will feature a keynote presentation by Emma Straub, author and founder of Books Are Magic; a celebration of the 2017 Innovations in Reading prize winner Barbershop Books; a special appearance by National Book Award Finalist Jason Reynolds; and a variety of breakout sessions from Housing Works, Drag Queen Story Hour, the Poetry Society of America, and more!