Progressive Publishing in an Intolerant World
Virtual panel. Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:00PM to 7:30PM
While the echo chamber on both sides makes those with similar beliefs more emboldened, it does nothing to win the hearts and minds of people who are not already onboard with inclusion efforts. The belief that what we have in common outweighs our differences will never gain purchase if the talking and listening ceases outside of our close-knit circles.
What do progressive, diverse authors think about the state of the world as it is today? How do they continue to do the necessary work that requires reaching readers who may not want to be reached and may be adamantly opposed to the core beliefs that they hold dear? How have diverse authors displayed empathy through the books that they have published? What are some of the ways that reading still represents the best way forward in an increasingly contentious world?
Jason Low is publisher/co-owner of Lee & Low Books, founded in 1991, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. Lee & Low is the originator of the Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS), which measures inclusivity behind the scenes in publishing. DBS has become the largest data sampling of its kind within the industry and acts as both a catalyst for change and an accountability tool to push for more equity. leeandlow.com