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Author and Illustrator Christopher Myers at the CBC’s Annual Meeting

Through his work at the International Youth Library in Munich, Myers spoke with child refugees and helped them find a voice to share their harrowing journeys. He believes that publishers have the power and the duty to effect slow but significant change for the better.

Authors, editors, and publishers ‘take the time to tell a story well,’ [Myers] stated, and this is deeply valuable. Looking for a quick fix to a very complicated problem is no real solution, he suggested. While protecting black lives is urgent, an injustice is done ‘if we only matter when the bullet hits us… Our mattering has to extend into the past and future,’ and this provides an opportunity for those people who are the keepers of the distilled voices and experiences that are our stories. (Publishers Weekly)

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