Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sun. April 28: Tapestry of Voices Social

Date(s) - 04/28/2019
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Inklings Coffee & Tea
530 Main Street - Pleasanton,

The SCBWI North/East Bay Region



Sunday, April 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Inklings Coffee & Tea
530 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA


What is Tapestry of Voices?

A new initiative in SCBWI North/East Bay for those who want to REACH OUT, 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;
·     Supporting each other’s careers across all identities and experiences.

Let’s meet over a mug (contents of your choice) and chat about our passion projects—come share your stories, experiences, and questions with the rest of us!

This is a free event. All children’s book writers and illustrators are welcome from all regions, including non-members. This is a casual meet-up; the only fee is the price of your drink/food.

*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.


Event Co-Hosts

Meera Sriram, Michelle Quraishi, ARA Nadia Salomon, and Natasha Tripplet 

As an author, blogger, and early literacy instructor, Meera Sriram strives to normalize the idea of diverse bookshelves. While she has several picture books published in India, The Yellow Suitcase is her debut in the U.S. Meera still turns to chai to keep-calm-and-parent-on in Berkeley where she lives. She hopes to learn from and help include every aspiring voice, so no story goes untold for us and our children. Visit to know more.



Raised 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 straddling multiple cultures drive her commitment to exploring cultural edges and understanding. An SCBWI member since 2013, she’s written numerous picture books, and is currently working on a middle grade novel in verse. She now lives with her husband, two children and mother in Walnut Creek, CA. Learn more at



Nadia Salomon (ARA, SCBWI North/East Bay) graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Journalism and Public Policy. She started her career as a videographer and TV reporter in Fairbanks, Alaska with her hedgehog, Pavorotti. Now, she writes picture books covering South Asian and Caribbean culture, STEM, nonfiction and humor themes. She also incorporates the life lessons she’s learning from her feisty beta, Brightfin, into her stories. Her work is repped by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary.


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**California: San Francisco North and East Bay | DIVERSITY


Anti-Harassment Policy

Please, be aware that SCBWI has updated its Anti-Harassment policy.

By attending this event, you agree to abide by this policy.


Weapons Policy
It is the policy of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to maintain an environment that is safe for all persons. To achieve this objective, it is the SCBWI’s policy to maintain a firearms and weapons free environment at all of our events and prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons regardless of any license or permit that an individual may have which would otherwise authorize the individual to carry firearms or weapons. Weapons are defined as anything that is intended to cause harm to another person.
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