#CLEReads YA Book Festival

Beyond our Borders:

Highlighting the beauty of our diverse communities

The CLE Reads Book Festival aims to promote literacy and foster a deep love for reading within the Cleveland community, focusing on our local youth. The festival will emphasize the importance of championing diversity in what we read and recommend to others. CLE Reads will feature award-winning and best-selling authors from across the country, highlighting the beauty of our community beyond our borders.

Friday, December 4 | 10:00 am – 3:00pm | Via Hopin

Schedule of Events

The Pep Talk

A Conversation with Jesse Ann Foley and Friend
10:30-11:10 am

To be Honest

The Politics of Blending Fact and Fiction

Panel: Jasmine Warga, Randy Ribay, Adib Khorram
11:25 am-12:05 pm

Yes, It’s a Trope and I Love It

An Exploration of Our Favorite Clichés, Characterizations, and Conflicts

Panel: Noni Ramos, Aida Salazar, Dhonielle Clayton, Sarah Enni
12:20 – 1:00 pm

Low-Key Levity

​Love, Laughter, and Light into Difficult Storytelling

Panel: Justin A. Reynolds in conversation with Angie Thomas.
1:15- 1:55pm

Tackling Racism in Young Adult Literature

The featured panel with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Kim Johnson, Ibi Zoboi, Dr. Yusef Salaam

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Kim Johnson, Ibi Zoboi, Dr. Yusef Salaam
2:10 – 2:50 pm

Closing #CLEreads Remarks

Closing Remarks from Cleveland Public Library, College Now Greater Cleveland, and Cleveland Author Justin Reynolds.
2:50 – 3:00 pm


Join us for live panel discussions featuring notable and award-winning YA authors including these special guests and much more!

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Author of Stamped

Ibi Zoboi

Author of American Street, and co-author of Punching the Air

Dr. Yusef Salaam

Co-Author of Punching the Air

Kim Johnson

Author of This is My America


Justin Reynolds

Author of Early Departures

Abid Khorram

Author of Darius the Great is Not Okay

Dhonielle Clayton

Author of The Belles

Jasmine Warga

Author of Other Words for Home

Sarah Enni

Author of Tell Me Everything

Randy Ribay

Author of Patron Saints of Nothing

Friday, December 4 | 10:00 am – 3:00pm | Via Hopin


College Now Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Public Library
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Center for Arts Inspired Learning