Event Information

Diversity in Publishing: Digging Deeper

May 09, 2018 - 11:30 AM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall), 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $10
Non-member price: $25. Student price with student ID: $15.

Event Description

The catering for the May luncheon is sponsored by Free Spirit Publishing. More about Free Spirit below.

Event Summary
Diversity in publishing is more than a trend: it’s our present and future. How can publishers be proactive in ensuring diverse representation in books and staffing? Join Hannah Ehrlich, director of marketing and publicity at multicultural children’s book publisher Lee & Low Books, for a look at the current landscape, activism efforts, and challenges. What can the statistics teach us? What will make a meaningful impact on the numbers? And how can publishers support diversity at every stage of book creation?

About Hannah Erlich
Hannah Ehrlich is the director of marketing and publicity at Lee & Low Books. She has nearly a decade of experience marketing and publicizing diverse children’s books at Lee & Low, where she oversees the company’s publicity and marketing initiatives, social media strategy, and web sales. Hannah was one of the planners behind Lee & Low’s landmark Diversity Baseline Survey, the first study to examine staff diversity within the publishing industry, and helped to establish Lee & Low’s Diversity in Publishing Summer Internship. She originally served as a publisher liaison for the We Need Diverse Books campaign, and speaks regularly about diversity in children’s publishing.

About Our Sponsor

Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and educational needs. Our books feature diverse characters in true-to-life settings and stories that empower children and teens to think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world. Visit us at

Where & When
Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Wednesday, May 9; 11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Registration Information
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at noon. Fees, which include lunch, are $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door.

We also offer a limited number of student tickets (with a student ID): $10 in advance, and $15 on the day of the lunch.

Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
• Meters along 10th and 11th; most cost $1.00/hour
• Guthrie ramp. Enter on 9th Ave (between Washington & 2nd Street S)
• Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum


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