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Roxane Gay

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Bestselling author, educator, and cultural critic Roxane Gay teamed up with the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a former division of the American Library Association (ALA), to share her years of experience as a writer, storyteller, and social commentator during Preservation Week 2020. A recurrent contributor to a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Gay writes about cultural, political, and social issues. 

Author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger, Gay is a leading voice in modern feminism and numerous social justice movements. Her oral and written accounts of the current social and political climate, along with her active online presence, made her the ideal honorary chair to support the 2020 Preservation Week theme of “Preserving Oral History.”

“Preserving our cultural history is as important now as it has ever been,” Roxane states. “We are living in a time of great social turmoil, but this is not the first time the world has seen such upheaval, nor will it be the last. We know this because of preservation, because storytelling is such an integral part of social justice movements, and librarians have been committed to preserving those stories and other artifacts from these movements. I am honored to serve as this year’s Preservation Week Honorary Chair as the very people who will preserve the stories of how the world is currently responding to injustice, gather to learn, connect and remember.”

As Preservation Week 2020 Honorary Chair, Gay appeared in Preservation Week artwork and chronicled her preservation efforts through various social media channels. You can follow her on Twitter with @rgay and connect with her on Facebook at facebook.com/roxanegay74 as she discusses pertinent social and cultural issues. 

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