The Peninsula Library System, opens a new window and libraries across San Mateo County are joining their communities together for a United Against Hate Week Author Series, opens a new window. United Against Hate Week takes place November 12-18, 2023, and is a call for local civic action to stop the hate and implicit biases that threaten the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns and cities.
The United Against Hate Week series will feature three authors whose stories promote inclusive and equitable communities for all. The author events featuring books for school-aged readers will occur virtually during school hours and will be accessible to schools throughout San Mateo County. The author with adult-appropriate books will be presented virtually in the evening and is open to all.
Children's and Young Adult Author, Christine Day
Christine Day is a citizen of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. Her first novel, I Can Make This Promise, was a best book of the year from NPR, as well as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book, and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book. Her second novel, The Sea in Winter, was a Top 10 Indie Kids’ Next selection, a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book. Her newest book, We Still Belong, assures readers that even with all the very real problems they may face, they are worthy, their voices matter—and they belong. Christine lives with her family in the rainy and resplendent Pacific Northwest.
Author Savala Nolan
Savala Nolan is the author of Don't Let It Get You Down. She and her writing have been featured in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Harper’s Magazine, Time, NPR, Forbes and more. She is a regular keynote speaker and panelist on social justice issues including implicit bias, structural racism, understanding whiteness and the importance of social justice work for all lawyers.
Children's Author, Ali Biko Sulaiman Kamanda
Ali Biko Sulaiman Kamanda is an award-winning filmmaker and social entrepreneur from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Black Boy, Black Boy was written to inspire Black boys to imagine all the great things they can do while celebrating remarkable moments from Black history. From athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick to musician Sam Cooke, inventor Elijah McCoy and writer Chinua Achebe, there are so many inspirational men in Black history.
We hope you enjoy this special programming. To learn more, visit the United Against Hate page for San Mateo County.