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Brittany Kester (she/her) is an Education Librarian at the University of Florida. She is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She has 8 years of library experience and has taught university courses in children's literature, ...continue reading "The DBF Travels to the American Association of School Librarians Conference!!"

Annie Vardanyan (she/her) is an artist and graphic designer based in Gainesville, Florida. Currently, she is a fourth-year student working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Florida. Although Annie specializes in graphic design, she has a wide range of artistic experience and proficiency in the fine arts and ...continue reading "Reimagining the Diverse BookFinder Brand"

Can you believe it's already July? Neither can we! Back in January we introduced you to some big changes that 2023 would bring to the Diverse BookFinder and what that might mean for our audience. We've been super busy behind the scenes and we think it's time for a fun update about everything we've been ...continue reading "DBF Hibernation Updates – We’re Halfway There!"

Suzan Alteri is the Librarian for the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Fresno State University which has the largest collection of LGBTQIAP2S+ children’s and young adult books in the U.S. She grew up in a privileged, white suburban household in the Metro Detroit area and spent most of her life ...continue reading "A Triumphant Shout: Great LGBTQIAP2S+ Graphic Novels"

SJ Sindu is a Tamil diaspora author of two literary novels (Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award; and Blue-Skinned Gods, which was an Indie Next Pick and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award), two hybrid chapbooks (I Once Met You But You Were Dead, which won the Split ...continue reading "“I’ve always been an outsider…” – An Author Interview with SJ Sindu"

Every May the United States observes Jewish American Heritage Month! Celebrations honor the amazing and varied impacts that Jewish people have had on America's past and present. Here at Diverse BookFinder, we're excited to highlight all the wonderful racial and cultural diversity that exists within the Jewish community. Did you know? The Jewish population is ...continue reading "Jewish American Heritage Month – Diverse Reads"

Brian G. Buckmire is a senior staff NYC public defender in the Criminal Defense Practice and Homicide Defense Task Force at the Legal Aid Society, representing indigent clients in Brooklyn, NY. He is the anchor for Law and Crime Daily, a nationally syndicated show covering the hottest cases and controversies from courtrooms nationwide. He is ...continue reading "“How Do I Not Become The Next Hashtag?” – An Author Interview with Brian G. Buckmire"

Celia C. Pérez is the daughter of a Mexican mother and a Cuban father. She is originally from Miami and is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. Currently, Celia lives with her family in Chicago where she works as a college librarian. Celia's debut book for young readers, The ...continue reading "“The Latine/x experience is no single thing…” – An Author Interview with Celia C. Pérez"

Katiana Bagué (she/her/ella) is the Exhibits Associate for the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. She has worked at the UF Libraries since 2016. She started as a student assistant at the Latin American and Caribbean Collection and has held other titles within the libraries, such as Bilingual Outreach Assistant for The U.S. ...continue reading "Pura Belpré, Bringing Boricua Stories to the Bookshelf: An Exhibit on a Puerto Rican Icon’s Writing, Librarianship, & Activism"

Krystal Marquis happily spends most of her time in libraries and used bookstores. She studied biology at Boston College and University of Connecticut and now works as an environmental, health, and safety manager for an online retailer. A lifelong reader, Krystal began researching and writing on a dare to complete the NaNoWriMo Challenge, resulting in the ...continue reading "“The Davenports is the story I wanted to read.” An Author Interview with Krystal Marquis"
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