Author Visit: Jacqueline Houtman

Tuesday, August 27th

Young adult author Jacqueline Houtman discusses her newest book, Troublemaker for Justice!

7:00pm

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About the Book

Readers are introduced to Bayard Rustin, a brilliant, black, gay civil rights leader.

Principle organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin was a landmark contributor to many of the turnkey moments of the civil rights movement, though his name and the fullness of his life have been relegated to the shadows due to his personal commitment to living as an out gay black man and his youthful relationship with communist organizing which he later renounced. Over time many people would attempt to weaponize these facts against him, yet Rustin remained true to his convictions, and his wisdom and clarity would ultimately be valued by many of those same people and institutions. This brief but comprehensive biography, written with the help of Rustin’s longtime partner, Naegle, and featuring stunning archival photographs, covers the legacy of a man who utilized the roots of his Quaker faith to uplift movements throughout the world. In clear prose with informative sidebars that provide important context, it follows Rustin from his pacifist beginnings to his work mentoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his later years traveling the world to support the rights of refugees. In today’s political landscape, this volume is a lesson in the courage to live according to one’s truth and the dedication it takes to create a better world.

 

About the Author

"I have studied rat noses, rabbit cholesterol, chicken immune systems, and a virus that paralyzes mice. That last one earned me a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since leaving the lab in 1996, I have been a freelance writer, covering topics ranging from cancer to asthma to jackalopes.

My science writing for adults and children has appeared in World Book Science Year, FASEB’s Breakthroughs in Bioscience series, Cleveland Clinic Magazine, The Dana Foundation’s Progress in Brain Research, The Dana Sourcebook of Immunology and numerous academic and educational publications.

I started writing fiction for young readers as part of an assignment with an educational publisher. I enjoyed it so much I decided to try my hand at novels. Because I love science, my debut novel, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas, is full of real science. I call this genre “sciency fiction”.

I had thought of myself as a science writer and children's novelist, but when I was approached with an opportunity to collaborate on a biography for young readers, I jumped on it. Troublemaker for Justice is my first published book-length nonfiction. It may not be the last."