P&P Live! "She Persisted" Panel with Chelsea Clinton, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Atia Abawi, and Deborah D. Taylor

Upcoming Event
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm

Inspired by the bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book biography series about women who stood up, spoke up, and rose up against the odds.

Join Politics and Prose and the Persisterhood for an inspiring conversation and Q&A with Chelsea Clinton and award-winning authors Andrea Davis Pinkney, Lesa Cline-Ransome and Atia Abawi, as they discuss the new She Persisted chapter book series featuring female trailblazers Harriet Tubman, Claudette Colvin and Sally Ride with moderator Deborah D. Taylor.

Launching the series is the story of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad and leading abolitionist of her time. Guided by the love of her family and sense of justice, this story of Harriet’s courage and grit during hard times is written by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Soon to follow are biographies of monumental Civil Rights activist Claudette Colvin, only 15-years old when she stood up against segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama, and pioneering astronaut, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Lesa Cline-Ransome brings Claudette’s story to life. Atia Abawi pens the meteoric story of Sally Ride.

The event is free to attend, however, we encourage attendees to consider book purchases for themselves or for donation (or both!) when they register for the event. Book donation recipient is Harriet Tubman Elementary School located in Washington, DC. The school is a diverse community of learners with a mission to ensure their students are empowered to question, challenge, and change the world.

  • She Persisted: Harriet Tubman is available beginning January 5.
  • She Persisted: Claudette Colvin will be available beginning February 2 and is available for pre-order.
  • She Persisted: Sally Ride will be available beginning March 2 and is available for pre-order.

Signed bookplates will be available while supplies last.

Chelsea Clinton is the author of the bestselling picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, which was praised as a “lovely, moving work of children's literature [and a] polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women." In addition to the books she has co-written with her mother, Hilary Clinton, she is the author of She Persisted in Sports; Don’t Let Them Disappear; Start Now! You Can Make a Difference; She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History and other inspiring titles. Chelsea Clinton is the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders.

In addition to her work as an author with books such as Loretta Little Looks Back and The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney has had an illustrious career as a children’s book publisher and editor. She frequently contributes to the New York Times, Huffington Post, Essence, Bustle, and the Creativity Project.

Lesa Cline-Ransome focuses on uncovering the hidden stories in American history. She is best known for her NAACP Image Award-nominated picture book biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet, and her middle grade novel Finding Langston.

Atia Abawi is a journalist, foreign correspondent, and author. She is the critically acclaimed author of The Secret Sky and A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. She is known for her strong support for female empowerment in both her writing and reporting.

Deborah D. Taylor recently retired from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She has chaired and served on many American Library Association committees and on the National Book Awards Jury for Young People’s Literature. She was named the 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a reviewer and an adjunct professor teaching young adult literature at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies.

Ages 6-9

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Child & Teen
She Persisted: Harriet Tubman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593115664
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Philomel Books - January 5th, 2021

She Persisted: Claudette Colvin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593115848
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel Books - February 2nd, 2021

She Persisted: Sally Ride Cover Image
By Atia Abawi, Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator), Gillian Flint (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593115930
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel Books - March 2nd, 2021

Not Signed or Personalized