Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book. One Moore Book is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit
organization that encourages reading among children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures by publishing culturally relevant books that speak to their truths, and by creating bookstores and reading corners that serve their communities. Her first bookstore opened in Monrovia, Liberia in 2015.
She has been featured in The Economist Magazine, NPR, NBC, BET and ABC, among others, for her work in advocacy for diversity in children’s literature.
Moore’s a graduate of Howard University and the University of Southern California, and is currently a Margaret Mead Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College, where she’s reaching the impact of culturally relevant curriculum and learning aids in elementary class rooms of underrepresented groups.
Listen to a personal video message from Wayétu Moore here.
ABOUT HER DEBUT NOVEL, “SHE WOULD BE KING”
In She Would Be King, Moore reimagines the dramatic story of the formation of Liberia through the eyes of three unforgettable characters. Gbessa, exiled on suspicion of being a witch from the West African village of Lai, is bitten by a viper and left for dead, but miraculously survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon is a child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, and can fade from sight at will, just as his mother could. When they meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes. Their storylines are brilliantly intertwined by the all-seeing spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom.
“Reading Wayetu Moore’s debut novel, She Would Be King, feels a lot like watching a superb athlete’s performance…..Moore makes deft use of magical realism, and her plot and its details are compelling. ……..Like her remarkable protagonist Gbessa, the author has tapped into her own backstory-and emerged with literary superpowers.” – TIME
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