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Aina & Alemayehu: the ‘Difficult Birth’ of Inclusive Fantasy Fiction for Youth

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How do we move children’s fantasy fiction beyond wands and wizards? In this interactive presentation, author/educator Zetta Elliott will discuss “the trouble with magic.”

After spending her childhood consuming British fantasy fiction, Elliott began to decolonize her imagination and dedicated her writing life to reconstituting “Black magic” as a powerful force to be celebrated rather than defeated. Elliott uses the historical fantasy genre to revise, re-view, and reclaim the (often traumatic) histories of enslavement and colonization.

Elliott is also an advocate for community-based publishing and will reveal how print-on-demand technology transfers power from the industry’s gatekeepers to those excluded from the publishing process.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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