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Lauren McHale Mills: The ABCs of Black Authors

Book Launch & Conversation

Multicolored gradient with the title ABC of Black Authors, and in interior spread of a black and white illustration of Toni Morrison with a bio.
Lauren McHale Mills: Front cover and T is for… Toni Morrison” spread for The ABC’s of Black Authors Coloring Book, 2023

Friday, February 17, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 pm


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Lecture / Discussion
Open to the public
Free of charge

RSVP Requested

Join us for the book launch of The ABC’s of Black Authors, a new coloring book and reading guide created by Stamps Student Lauren McHale Mills (BFA 23). Every spread in the book contains an illustration of an author, with a short biography and reading list. 

For the event, Lauren will be in conversation with fellow Stamps student Moteniola Ogundipe (BFA 23) speaking about how she created the book and why she felt publishing this book right now was so important. Following Lauren and Moteniola’s conversation there will be a book signing, a reception with light refreshments and a few select spreads from the book available for guests to color and take home. There will also be the opportunity for you to purchase your own copy of the book. 

Lauren explains: I created this book to primarily introduce new audiences to a small selection of Black authors they may not have previously known. I also hoped that individuals who were already lovers of Black literature, or literature in general, would find enjoyment in these pages. My aim for this book was for it to serve as not only a coloring book, but an artist book. As these 26 illustrations were crafted to be stand-alone art pieces as well.”

The first 10 guests will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Additional books will be for sale. 

Please contact Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan at jenjkhan@​umich.​edu for more information.