Highlights from the Second Annual Why Reading Matters Conference

Tweets from the Event

Emma Straub


Emma Straub is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in seventeen countries. Emma and her husband are also the proud owners of Brooklyn's newest independent book store, Books Are Magic, located at 225 Smith Street, in Cobble Hill. Come visit!




Jason ReynoldsJason Reynolds is the author of the award winning young adult novel, The Boy in the Black Suit, and the co-author of All American Boys, both of which he won Coretta Scott King honors for, as well as the critically acclaimed middle grade novels, As Brave As You, and Ghost, both released in 2016.


Reynolds has been reviewed and profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus ReviewsThe Horn BookSchool Library Journal, and a host of other media outlets. But what excites him more than anything is speaking to young people around the country, not only about the power of reading, but also about the importance of telling their own stories. He currently lives in Washington, DC.



Morning Breakout Sessions (10:45am-12pm)


Street Books: Strategies for Engaging Vulnerable Library Patrons (Media Lab)