Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library selected Biddy Mason Speaks Up, cowritten by Arisa White, assistant professor of creative writing, as one of it’s 2019 Best of the Best in the “Best Informational Books for Older Readers” category. The book, part of the “Fighting for Justice” series, tells the story of healer, midwife, and civil rights champion Biddy Mason, who was born into slavery but eventually wins her freedom in 1856.

“The Best of the Best lists represent our choices for the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership,” the library said in an email to the author.

Read more about White and her process of cowriting the book, in this Colby Magazine story, Past-Place and Present Moment.



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