Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sat. Nov 2 — Tapestry of Voices Social!

Date(s) - 11/02/2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Berkeley Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street - Berkeley, CA 94704


Date:         Saturday, November 2
Time:         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where:      Berkeley Public Library
Community Meeting Room
2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
(near Downtown Berkeley BART Station)

Tapestry of VoicesWhat is Tapestry of Voices?
A new initiative in SCBWI North/East Bay for those who want to REACH, INCLUDE and BELONG* by:

  •  · Creating children’s literature that reflects the rich tapestry of the world and all the people who live in it;
  •  · Celebrating all voices, and finding ways to center under-represented voices in our professional conversations, organization and work; and
  •  · Supporting each other’s careers across all identities and experiences.

Let’s meet and chat about our passion projects—come share your stories, experiences, and questions with the rest of us!

FREE EVENT. All children’s book writers and illustrators from all regions are welcomed. Our goal is to expand region-wide opportunities for inclusive, safe, supporting and connecting conversations about diversity in our industry.

Co-hosted by:  Michelle Quraishi and Natasha Tripplett


About your Co-Hosts:

L. Michelle QuraishRaised by a Pakistani father and American mother in the small town of Half Moon Bay, CA, L. Michelle Quraishi grew up searching for identity, belonging and connection in books. Her experiences with straddling multiple cultures drive her commitment to exploring cultural edges and understanding. She’s written numerous picture books, and is currently working on a middle grade novel in verse. She now lives with her family in Walnut Creek. Learn more at


Natasha Tripplett
Natasha Tripplett loves to find the beauty in all things around her. She uses her words to help readers experience the details that make life rich. Natasha has written many picture books and has been published in various magazines. As a black woman, raised in a white family by way of adoption, Natasha has a unique perspective on issues of race and claiming one’s identity. Along with her husband and four children, Natasha lives in Dublin, California.


*See SCBWI North/East Bay website for more resources on diversity**

**SCBWI North/East Bay Region and SCBWI Head Office use the WNDB definition of diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.