What Do Brothas Do All Day? Storytime with Ajuan Mance **IN-PERSON**


Loyalty is delighted to welcome author Ajuan Mance for an IN-PERSON storytime for It's Holi! Join us at Loyalty's Petworth location at 11 AM on Sunday, April 7th in our kids room for stories and fun with the author! This event is FREE to attend, but RSVP below to let us know you're coming! **Face masks are strongly encouraged for all adult attendees.** Please email events@loyaltybookstores.com with any questions. 


Inspired by Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?, these joyous portraits of Black men engaged in everyday life celebrate the deep roots and rich cultures of African American communities.

Have you ever wondered . . . 
What do brothas do all day?
Brothas drive. Brothas dance. Brothas work. Brothas listen. And brothas love.

Scarry’s now-classic book, first published in 1968, is a richly illustrated guide to the places, jobs, and activities that defined the daily lives of grown-ups. Author-illustrator Ajuan Mance created What Do Brothas Do All Day?, like Scarry, in response to children’s innate curiosity about the activities and experiences of others, but also to meet the longing many kids have for characters and communities that look and feel like the people and places they know.

This joyous reflection of real Black men and boys engaged in everyday life is a gift for Black kids who rarely see themselves reflected in the pages of a book and an affirmation of their world and the people who populate it. From grocery shopping and waiting for a trim at the barbershop to singing, dancing, and laughing with friends, Mance captures the beauty in the ordinary, affirming the enduring strength of the Black community.


Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College in Oakland, California. A prolific artist and writer, Ajuan's books include LIVING WHILE BLACK (Chronicle Books) and 1001 BLACK MEN (Stacked Deck Press). Ajuan's new book, WHAT DO BROTHAS DO ALL DAY? (Chronicle Books), is her first picture book.

Ajuan’s illustrations and comics have also appeared in several anthologies, including, DRAWING POWER (Abrams Press), winner of the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Anthology. Her academic collections include INVENTING BLACK WOMEN and BEFORE HARLEM, both with the University of Tennessee Press. You can learn more about Ajuan at AjuanMance.com.

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

Event date: 
Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 11:00am
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
What Do Brothas Do All Day? By Ajuan Mance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797215051
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Chronicle Books - November 14th, 2023

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