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African American Read-in


2023-02-23 16:00:00 2023-02-23 17:30:00 America/Los_Angeles African American Read-in Join us for our seventh annual AARI event! Virtual Pierce County Library - Virtual Room 2

Thursday, February 23
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Add to Calendar 2023-02-23 16:00:00 2023-02-23 17:30:00 America/Los_Angeles African American Read-in Join us for our seventh annual AARI event! Virtual Pierce County Library - Virtual Room 2

Join us for our seventh annual AARI event!

Join us for our seventh annual AARI event!

Meet this year’s panelists!

Robert Liu-Trujillo

Robert Liu-Trujillo is currently a Bay Area resident. He is the child of student activists who watched a lot of science fiction and took him along to many demonstrations. Always drawing, Rob grew up to be an artist falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals, and children’s books. In that order, sort of. Through storytelling, he has been able to scratch the surface of so many untold stories.

Rob is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top and has illustrated numerous other children’s books. He is the dad of a teenage boy and a little girl. He loves ice cream and his wife who laughs big and corrects his grammar every chance she gets. Down with the system and soggy french fries!

Rob is a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to The Social Justice Childrens Bk Holiday Fair, and the founder of Come Bien Books.

Tyrah Majors

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Tyrah Majors is a journalist, university professor, and author of children's book "Grammy and Me."  “Grammy and Me” tells the story of a young girl and her adventures with her grandma. Tyrah loves hearing and telling stories!

Currently, she is an anchor/reporter in Seattle, where she reports news, traffic and entertainment stories. Tyrah also produces and hosts a franchise, "Hometown Connections.” She also created a talk show, “Major Moves with Tyrah Majors,” highlighting millennial entrepreneurs.

Prior to coming to Seattle, Tyrah reported the morning news in Bakersfield, where she provided breaking news reports from the ground of various national stories to fun feature reports in the community.

Lenny Williams

Lenny Williams was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2014, he decided to pursue his goal of becoming an author and a director. By the following year, he released a children's book titled, "Dreaming Their Way Out," a story about seven orphans finding a way to escape an orphanage and head to a magical island where they can enjoy their childhood. 

That same year he directed and released his very first film titled, "What Is Life?" A documentary about young college students figuring out who they are, and where they fit in life. 

Today, Lenny is known for creating epic fantasy children's books and novels relatable to people all over the world. In the future, Lenny eventually plans to create animation films, comedy films, horror films, video games, and a theme park for millions to enjoy.

Come meet our AARI author panelists, Rob Liu-Trujillo, Tyrah Majors, and Lenny Williams. After a reading of their books, there will be time for participants to share a favorite poem, book excerpt or speech. During Q&A, local business, Parable, will moderate the session.

AGE GROUP: | All Ages |

EVENT TYPE: | Author event |

Virtual Pierce County Library
Phone: 253-548-3300

Mon, Apr 15 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Tue, Apr 16 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Wed, Apr 17 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Thu, Apr 18 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Fri, Apr 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 20 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Sun, Apr 21 Closed

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