Banned Books Week Panel

Join us for a special panel discussion for Banned Books Week led by Loyalty's owner Hannah Oliver Depp! We'll be chatting about banned books, racism, and the difference between censorship and curation from all of our various perspectives. This event is free, but you must RSVP via the button below to receive the login link and password for our Crowdcast event. Please note the link and password will be in your confirmation email!


Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of 17 years, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she received a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay "What We Aren't (or the Ongoing Divide)" was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). She has volunteered with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books and I, Too Arts Collective, and spoken widely on topics of inclusion, the craft of writing/editing, podcasting, and the inner-workings of the publishing industry. Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is:

Christine Bollow is the Programs and Marketing Manager for Loyalty Bookstores and a Bookstagrammer @readingismagical. Her book recommendations have been featured in Buzzfeed Books and, and she was also highlighted by Books Forward as one of 10 Bookstagrammers to Follow for Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month. Christine freelances as a quality control editor for audiobooks and is passionate about amplifying marginalized voices, especially Filipinx authors. When not reading, you can find Christine rearranging her books or snuggling with her 2 tiny dogs.

Hannah Oliver Depp is the owner of Loyalty Bookstores in Petworth, DC and Silver Spring, MD. Loyalty serves all readers as a diverse, intersectional feminist bookstore and programming space. She holds a Masters in English from American University. Oliver Depp is a founding member of the American Bookselling Association Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and serves on the boards of and the New Atlantic Independent Bookselller’s Assocation. 

Bethanne Patrick is a writer, author, and critic whose work appears frequently in The Washington Post, where she is a columnist. She also writes for the LA Times, NPR Books, The Boston Globe, and many others. Patrick's memoir, 'Life B,' will be released by Counterpoint Press in 2022. She lives in Northern Virginia with her family and far too many books.

David Quick is a librarian and the Adult Services Coordinator at the DC Public Library. Originally from Detroit, DC has been his home for the past 20 years. He lives in DC's Petworth neighborhood and loves the work of connecting people through libraries. His other favorite job was building boats in Maine.


Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Washington, DC 20011