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MariNaomi's 2019 Exhibitions and Events


October 2, 2019—"Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment and Survival"
Panel with editor Diane Noomin and contributors Ajuan Mance, Lee Mars, and MariNaomi, moderated by Nicole J. Georges
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA

September 29, 2019—"An Evening with MariNaomi: YA Novels and Social Change"
Join the MFA in Interdiciplinary Arts and Writing for a reading and conversation with MariNaomi
CIIS, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

September 22, 2019—Brooklyn Book Festival special guest
5:00 pm panel at the Brooklyn Historical Society Great Hall
Panel: "YA on Fire: A Teen Comics Showcase"
What makes a book “YAlit”? Leave that thorny cataloguing question to libraries--from the readers’ perspective, these new graphic novels are just plain lit, whether you’re a teen or still reading YA, while (supposedly) adulting. Stories of friendship, fantasy, adventure, romance, and the other-wordly all come together in new books by MariNaomi (Life on Earth), Melanie Gillman (Stage Dreams), Magdalene Visaggio (Morning in America), and Dylan Meconis (Queen of the Sea). Moderated by Jerry Craft (New Kid)
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY

September 14/15, 2019—Small Press Expo special guest
Panel: "Friendships, Relationships, and Chosen Families in YA Comics"
The teen years are ones where kids are looking for and finding important and lasting relationships outside of their family for the first time. For some, these relationships can become as or more important than family, depending on what one's home environment is like. Moderators Gina Gagliano and Whitney Leopard (Random House Graphic) will lead a discussion with MariNaomi (Losing The Girl), Cathy G. Johnson (The Breakaways), Ben Sears (House Of The Black Spot), and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me) on how and why these new kinds of relationships are so important for their characters. 
Marriott Hotel Bethesda, MD

August 10, 2019 (closing art reception)
Queer Asia / Identity Redefined group art exhibition
Strut, San Francisco, CA Facebook event page

June 29, 2019—Pride Con
Hideho Comics, Santa Monica, CA

May 25, 2019—Reading with Elly Dallas and Daryl Gussin
Book Show, Los Angeles, CA

April 14, 2019—LA Times Festival of Books signing with Yumi Sakugawa
Kinokuniya booth, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

March 1, 2019—Book release for Gravity's Pull, paperback (Graphic Universe)

February 9, 2019—California School Library Association Conference
Panel:"Dreaming of Equity: LGBTQ+ and KidLit"
Featuring panelists MariNaomi, Gayle Pitman, and Sonya Sones.
The FAIR Education Act requires that all California public schools include LGBTQ+ content in history and social science curriculum, from kindergarten all the way through grade 12. In this panel, the authors will share how they support LGBTQ+ in their body of work. They will provide more detailed information about this law and more inclusive resources so that school librarians can better support classroom teachers.
Panel: "Crazy Not-Rich Asian-American KidLIt Authors: Dreaming of Diversity"
Featuring panelists MariNaomi, Maple Lam, Henry Lien, Mae Respicio, and Benson Shum, moderated by Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan
The craze around “Crazy Rich Asians” is crazy cool! It appears that all-Asian American casts are hitting big and little screens. So, what does this mean for the kidlit world? What is the status of Asian-American kidlit? This powerful panel is packed with crazy creative Asian-American kidlit authors. MariNaomi, Maple Lam, Henry Lien, Mae Respicio, Benson Shum, and Virginia Loh-Hagan (moderator) will share their experiences and goals.  
Questions will include: What does it mean to be an Asian-American author? What does it mean to write Asian-American books? How has Asian-American kidlit changed over time? What do you hope for the future of Asian-American kidlit?
Pacific Palms Resort, One Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry, CA

February 7, 2019—travel comics workshop and Turning Japanese reading
Yale University Asian American Cultural Center, 295 Crown Street, New Haven, CT

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Watch videos of some of MariNaomi's readings here.

© 2019 MariNaomi

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