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Ariel Aberg-Riger Books Behind the Scenes Using Visual Stories to Explore Non-Fiction at the Just Buffalo Writing Center

Books Behind the Scenes: Using Visual Stories to Explore Non-Fiction w/ Ariel Aberg-Riger (hybrid)

Books come in a variety of forms—chapbooks, picture books, novels, graphic novels. How do you discover the best medium to tell the story you want to tell, and what does the journey look like from concept to published book? Join Ariel Aberg-Riger, author/illustrator of the upcoming book America Redux (HarperCollins, May 2023) as she discusses the process behind getting her book made. We’ll read a chapter from the ARE (“advanced reader’s edition”) of the book, and then play around with responsive visual storytelling using poetry and collage.

Students are invited to exhibit/perform what they create during the workshop at the book’s launch at Fitz Books on May 2nd!


Thursday, March 23, 2023


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Just Buffalo Writing Center
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203


Just Buffalo Literary Center
Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Featured Artist

  • Ariel Aberg-Riger
    Ariel Aberg-Riger
    Visual Storyteller

    ARIEL ABERG-RIGER is a visual storyteller who creates engaging, accessible stories about history, science, policy, and other forces that shape our lives. Her work explores issues of equity and social justice, on topics that range from environmental racism to the public library, and has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, MIT Technology Review, Teen Vogue, and more. Her debut book America Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History won the 2023 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and was a 2024 Finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, in a addition to being named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Public Library, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and more. She is a big believer in the power of melding forms and morphing mediums to tell expansive stories. She lives with her wife and two kids in Buffalo, New York.

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