Lifting Voices: Perspectives on Literature by People of Color

 In Lifting Voices, Past, Webinar

Wednesday, September 16th, 1:00pm CST

Join us as we welcome publisher and editor Arthur Levine along with authors Kristen Mai Giang, Donna Barba Higuera, and Mike Jung to discuss their insight on the world of literature. Learn more about our guest authors and editor as they share stories of their lives and experiences. Discover the founding of Levine Querido and its fervent mission to give voice to a uniquely talented, exceptionally diverse group of authors and artists. Participants will leave this session feeling inspired by our guest authors and editor as well as Levine Querido’s goal to inspire a true love of reading in young people while offering them a sense of their (and others’) rightful place in the world.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to for those who cannot participate in the live session.


Arthur A. Levine

President and Editor-in-Chief of Levine Querido

Arthur A. Levine founded Levine Querido in April 2019, after 23 years as the President and Publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books. Previously he was Editor-in-Chief at Knopf Books for Young Readers. His determination to bring a diverse, exemplary selection of international literature to American readers guided AALB’s publishing, resulting in the introduction to North American audiences the work of great creators such as J. K. Rowling, Markus Zusak, Nahoko Uehashi, Luis Sepúlveda, Shaun Tan, and Jaclyn Moriarty. Levine Querido continues this mission. In addition to overseeing the company, Arthur edits between eight and ten books annually.

Kristen Mai Giang


Kristen Mai Giang is a Chinese American author who immigrated from Vietnam when she was 18 months old and grew up in San Gabriel, California, a melting pot of Asian cultures and cuisines. Ginger and Chrysanthemum, her debut picture book, draws from these memories as well as the antics of her two children and their cousins. Last Flight (Fall 2021), her most personal picture book, tells the story of her family’s escape from Saigon six days before its fall in 1975, on the dramatic last commercial flight out.  When not writing, Kristen has spent the past two decades creating kid-targeted Emmy Award-winning digital content for Disney, NBC Kids, and Mattel, among others. Follow her on Twitter @kmgiang

Mike Jung


Mike Jung is the author of Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities and Unidentified Suburban Object. He is a library professional by day, a writer (and ukulele player) by night, and was a founding member of #WeNeedDiverseBooks. His latest middle-grade novel, The Boys In the Back Row, is forthcoming from Levine Querido, on October 6. He lives in Oakland, CA, with his wife and two children. Mike tweets at @Mike_Jung.

Donna Barba Higuera


Donna Barba Higuera was born in California and makes her middle-grade debut this fall with Lupe Wong Won’t Dance (Levine Querido). Her books are about kids who find themselves in odd or scary situations.​  Donna likes to write about all things funny, but also sad, and creepy, and magical. If you like those things, she hopes you will read her books!  Her picture book El Cucuy is Scared, Too(Abrams) arrives in Spring 2021. She lives in Washington State with her family, three dogs and two frogs. Follow her on Instagram @donnabarbahiguera