Guild Statement Regarding Incident at April 11th Luncheon
The Board and members of The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., apologize for the incident that occurred at our luncheon recently. It is clear that this interaction and subsequent steps caused a guest pain and demonstrated racial and cultural insensitivity. Please know that these actions were not intentional and do not reflect the core values of the Guild. We apologize for the additional distress caused when the complaint was shared with the member involved in the incident.
The Guild and its members will continue to reflect on and expand our awareness, openness and diversity. We are committed to being a welcoming and safe place for all. To that end the Guild will:
- Study, listen to, and learn about points of view and perspectives of indigenous people, people of color, and LGBTQ people;
- Develop reading lists on positionality and how it applies specifically to children’s literature, including resources offered by Dr. Debbie Reese;
- Continue the Guild’s programs of speakers of diverse backgrounds;
- Continue efforts to welcome a more diverse membership;
- Post and implement a Code of Conduct; and
- Adopt an anti-harassment policy and take other steps to prevent harassment or intimidation of any form at Guild events.
As a footnote, the Guild does not have an “author of the day.” We apologize for the inadvertent Facebook re-posting about a local book festival and removed that post as soon as it came to our attention.
We hope that as we learn from this experience, we will be part of a future that amplifies marginalized voices, recognizes good writing, and celebrates the power a story has to teach us, to heal us, and to bring us together.
*This wording has been revised to reflect the statement originally approved by the Board of the Children's book Guild.