The Backlash was Inevitable, But it Means We’re Winning

National Book Award winning author Andrew Aydin discusses the progress, context, and history of modern activism through his work with America’s libraries and how history is a guide for overcoming the present-day backlash.


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About Andrew Aydin

Andrew Aydin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Award winner, a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Honoree, a Printz Award winner, a Sibert Medal winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, a three-time Eisner award winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

Andrew is creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH and RUN, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored by Rep. Lewis, MARCH was the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award.

Aydin is a Creator-in-Residence at Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII), a 2023-2024 L.A. Times Book Prize judge, Managing Partner of the creative nonfiction production company Good Trouble Productions, and currently partnering with celebrity chef and cultural historian, Sallie Ann Robinson, on FUSKIE, a nonfiction graphic work including recipes that celebrate and preserve the culture, tradition, history and foodways of the resilient Gullah Geechee community on Daufuskie Island off the coast of South Carolina.