Skip to content
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures “New & Noted” – Ibram X. Kendi

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Portrait of Ibram Kendi next to the cover of their book, the Making of Butterflies.

REGISTER HERE (In-Person Seating) or HERE (Livestream). Please note that this is a paid event; $25 in person/$20 virtual, which includes a copy of The Making of Butterflies.

A First Folktale from the creators of Magnolia Flower, Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X. Kendi, about the origin of butterflies.

The Creator wuz all finished and thru makin’ de world.

But soon, the Creator finds themselves flying through the sky, making gorgeous butterflies of every color, shape, and size.

Find out why butterflies were made in Zora Neale Hurston’s stunning and layered African American folktale retold by #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author Ibram X. Kendi and illustrated by Kah Yangni. This accessible and sizable board book is perfect for introducing the youngest of readers to the beauty of Hurston’s storytelling and will spark curiosity in children about how things in our world came to be.

Ibram X. Kendi is a National Book Award–winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include Antiracist BabyGoodnight RacismHow to Be an Antiracist; and How to Raise an Antiracist. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has also been awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship.

Zora Neale Hurston was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on West African spiritual practices of enslaved Black Americans. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937.

Kah Yangni is an illustrator living in Philadelphia who makes heartfelt art about justice, queerness, and joy. They’ve worked with The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Vice Media, and Chronicle Books, as well as with causes like the Transgender Law Center and the Movement for Black Lives, and their poster work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Kah’s artistic mission is to heal themself and others by making art that focuses on radical optimism and the power we have to make the world a better place.


This is a Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures event presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Registration may also be completed by email at info@pittsburghlectures.org or by phone at 412.522.8866.

The Making of Butterflies, along with other select titles by Kendi available for sale from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.

Details

Date:
March 9
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

CLP – Main (Oakland) Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
+ Google Map

Other

Age Group
General Audience
site logo

What would you like to find?