A Seat at the Table Hosts Youth Self-Published ‘Zine Event
Sacramento native authors Trinity Haynes and Jordan Kaitapu held their first book signing at A Seat at the Table bookstore located at 9257 Laguna Springs Drive in Elk Grove on Saturday Feb 5 . They created their zine (self-published book), “Stream of Consciousness,” following the chaos and injustices of 2020. As graduating high school seniors, they used their knowledge as Presidents of the Black Student Union to highlight topics of love, self-worth, struggle, and Blackness.
Event Festivities – Artist Talk
Beginning, they gave a presentation on the journey of their project. First, they sold copies across the U.S, then donated a portion of the proceeds to Sacramento mentor organizations. They even caught the attention of the Sacramento General Congress of Women! The organization displayed their zine in the Crocker Art Museum exhibit “Activism Through the Arts!” It is a combination of Jordan’s Poetry, paired with Trinity’s photographs and designs.
“The poems felt relatable, yet the perspective on the emotion or feeling shown was unique”-Jordan Ritchie, Reader
Poetry Reading & Book Signing
Photo Credit: Dorothy Haynes
Continuing, they read their favorite poems within, including: Self Worth, The Long Run, and Where I’m From. Bold images of sunsets, flowers, protests and the former “City of Trees” water tower captured the feeling of the poems. Afterwards, the audience applauded and the authors signed copies and mingled.
“Having the opportunity to speak personally to patrons was enlightening. I was extremely grateful for the local love and support”-Trinity Haynes, Author
Make a Zine
There was a “Make a Zine” table for kids and adults to illustrate their own zine! The interactive activity provided materials for everyone to illustrate their ideas through markers, colored pencils, stickers and colorful paper. Further, they instilled a message that anyone with an idea can make a zine.
“Poetry is for self-expression and to control the narrative”-Jordan Kaitapu, Author
In conclusion, It’s important to see diversity in what’s read and shared because areas like Elk Grove houses unique cultures. Showcasing perspectives to start a dialogue about experiences can be a learning opportunity for all. Conclusively, encouraging people to support local Black creators this Black History Month, and every month is important. Ryan Autenrieth, Co-Owner of A Seat at the Table suggests everyone to, “pick up a copy before we sell out!”
“Many people came out and were inspired by these two young leaders who are making a difference in our community”Ryan Autenrieth, Co-Owner of A Seat at the Table
Books and stickers are available in A Seat At The Table bookstore, open from Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m to 6 p.m. In addition to selling all things related to books, they hold regular events and an extensive cafe selection of food and drinks. All ages, ethnicities, genders, and beliefs welcome!
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