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Read Brave uses the power of stories to build awareness and empathy on a theme relevant to our Saint Paul community. Read Brave connects readers of all ages to one another through the five books, their authors, programs, activities, and calls to action.

The theme this year is Owning Our Stories: Rising Together for a Better Saint Paul. We will center the conversations around self-worth, healing, reconciliation, liberation, and accountability as they relate to the characters and BIPOC authors in our Read Brave programs.

Please join us in reading, learning, talking, and building a better Saint Paul.

Hello from Read Brave 2021 Author Junauda Petrus-Nasah!

Junauda Petrus-Nasah is the author of the Read Brave 2021 main title, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, opens a new window.

Read Brave 2021 is presented by Saint Paul Public Library in collaboration with the City of Saint Paul, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul Public Schools, and Irreducible Grace Foundation.

Read Brave is sponsored by Minnesota Cultural Heritage Fund and the Saint Paul Saints.

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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

by Junauda Petrus-Nasah

Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Children of the Land: A Memoir

by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

With beauty, grace, and honesty, Castillo recounts his and his family encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives.

Read Brave KidsRead Brave Kids

Read Brave books and events for kids of all ages, a coloring contest, storytimes, Catch-A-Chapter, and more!
Take and Make kits, a coloring contest, storytimes, Catch-A-Chapter, and more!


Read Brave Events

Virtual Author Visits with Junauda Petrus-Nasah

We are scheduling virtual visits with Junauda Petrus-Nasah, author of The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, opens a new window.

If you are interested in inviting Junauda Petrus-Nasah to visit your group or classroom, please complete the author visit request form, opens a new window. This is a limited opportunity, so please submit your form as soon as possible.

Amazing Eggrolls with V.T. Bidania!

Watch and learn local author V.T. Bidania's amazing eggroll recipe!

(ingredients vary according to flavor, and what's available to you)

1 pack 20-50 pieces spring roll wrapper

1 pack of vermicelli noodles

1 small green cabbage

2 cups of grated carrots

1 cup sliced/diced onion

3 green onions

3 eggs

1-1.5 lbs ground meat

1 pinch of blackpepper

2 tablespoon chicken flavor

3 tablespoon oyster sauce

Youth Immunity Tea

In partnership with Indigenous Roots, youths from the International Indigenous Youth Council - Twin Cities, will share stories of healing through medicinal plants and tea recipes that that been passed down from matriarchal family members. Youths will discuss the importance of cedar to Indigenous people and share recipe for cedar and cinnamon tea.

Please provide your feedback of this virtual program by completing this survey. Your feedback is important to us in continuing to provide programming.

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Read Brave: Voices of IGF Episode 2

The second episode of the Read Brave:Voices of IGF (Irreducible Grace Foundation) podcast series with Latrese and Moises is now…

Read Brave: Voices of IGF with Latrese and Moises

The first episode of the Read Brave Voices of IGF (Irreducible Grace Foundation) podcast series with Latrese and Moises is now available!

Share Your Story

Stories have power. They allow us to connect more deeply, confront difficult truths, and heal together.

Let’s elevate the voices in Saint Paul that need to be heard. Let’s listen to one another.

Download a postcard to share your story in writing, artwork, or whatever empowers you to own your story.


Read Brave 2021 Book Lists

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