Literacy Matters at Boys & Girls Clubs of America

U.S. Book Show and Publishers Weekly to Support Literacy Programming
Boys & Girls Club of America

NEW YORK—April 30, 2021—Publishers Weekly is pleased to announce that it will donate a portion of the proceeds of the U.S. Book Show to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in support of its literacy programming. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s literacy and academic support programs include Summer Brain Gain, which runs for one month this summer as a virtual program featuring authors of a children’s picture book, a middle grade title and a YA book.

Local Boys & Girls Clubs—Club leaders and members—are invited to attend the virtual U.S. Book Show at no cost, including keynote speeches, author conversations, Editors’ Picks panels, meet-the author events and more than 140 exhibitor booths.

The virtual book show runs May 25 – 27, 2021 and is available live-streaming and on-demand through August 31, 2021 so that Clubs can select what to watch according to their own schedules. A videotaped short piece will be played on May 27, 2021 at the opening of Day 3 of the show, which is dedicated to children’s books, to promote and build awareness of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s support of literacy and education.

Highlights of the show include appearances by Ijeoma Oluo, author of the bestselling So You Want to Talk About Race (May 25 opening keynote); Padma Lakshmi, star of Taste the Nation and Bravo’s Top Chef, author of her first children’s book, Tomatoes for Neela; Senator Elizabeth Warren, author of her first children’s book, Pinkie Promises; Brian Selznick, Caldecott winner and author of the forthcoming middle-grade book Kaleidoscope; a panel with editors of children’s and adult comics and graphic novels; and a panel featuring Indigenous children’s book authors. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of America literacy and education programming will be featured in an article in the U.S. Book Show Preview issue of Publishers Weekly magazine, to be published May 17, 2021.

To view the show schedule and registration information, go to (#USBookShow).

Press passes, high-resolution artwork and more information for the media is available at

Dropbox link to high-res author headshots and book covers:

High-res image courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of America:

For more information, contact Christi Cassidy, +1-917-217-4269,

About Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly is the international news platform of the book publishing industry. Founded in 1872 and published weekly since then, the magazine boasts 1.23 million social media followers; publishes 10 e-newsletters, BookLife (a website and semimonthly supplement), Publishers Weekly en Español (in partnership with Lantia), two blogs, podcasts, a mobile edition, digital editions, and apps; and features a thriving website that reaches 14 million unique visitors annually.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,700 Clubs serve over 4.7 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.