Shout Outs!



  • Interview of Chronicle on WCVB TV (ABC) station in greater Boston.



  • Publication of Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge.
  • Book launch at Silver Unicorn Books, Acton, MA.
  • Runaway Reviews:
    • “A stunning picture book debut.”—Starred review Publisher’s Weekly.
    • “With a distinctive, haunting voice, powerful images, and thought-provoking story structure, this unique look at a remarkable young woman’s life choices and decisions offers an utterly necessary but seldom highlighted perspective on the contradictions within our society’s foundations.” Starred review Kirkus.
    • “A moving complement to Dunbar’s Never Caught.” Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books.
    • “A fine addition to all collections.” Booklist.
  • Book Launch of Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep at the Writer’s Barn, Austin, TX.
  • Boston Globe article about Runaway, “New England Literary News.”
  • Author interview on NET Radio, Nebraska’s NPR station.


  • Book Talk at Brook Academy, North Andover, MA.
  • Black History address at Harte-Hanks Corporation’s Town Hall.
  • Author visit and reading of Runaway at P.S. 10 (Brooklyn, NY) with first graders.


  • Book Talk, Lincoln Free Library, Lincoln, MA.
  • Book Talk/Study (three sessions) with Lincoln middle-grade students and parents, sponsored by First Parish of Lincoln.
  • Massachusetts School Librarian Conference panel on writing nonfiction for young readers.
  • Author visit with fifth-graders at the Healy School, Somerville, MA.
  • Panel discussion, Racial Consciousness through Storytelling, New York Association of Black Psychologists, Black History event.


  • Author interview for Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb.
  • Three-day professional development on teaching and writing nonfiction with elementary students in Florida’s Read with Me! project.
  • Book Talk/Author interview on Dream Gardens podcast: Talking Up the Children’s Books We Love.
  • Book Talk with Communities Organizing Against Racism COAR of Concord, Carlisle, and Boston.
  • Author visit with eighth-graders at Evansville (IL) Plaza Park International Prep Academy.


  • Biographers International Group conference, chairing a roundtable discussion on writing biographies for young readers.


  • Harvard-affiliated authors’ welcome-back reception at the Harvard Coop (Cambridge, MA), September 10, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.


  • Concord Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. A virtual book discussion of Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge, and how to talk to help children understand colonial-era slavery without shame or guilt. Ray will be in conversation with Nikki Tupin, educator and program director of the Robbins House, an 18th-century house formerly inhabited by the first-generation descendants of enslaved African American Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins.
  • Interview of literacy and Black Boys and Young Men




  • Essay “Old Stories Made New” appeared in Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-Winning Children’s Book Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing. Edited by Melissa Stewart and published by NCTE. In the essay, I give examples from Runaway to show how I achieve my goal of writing biographies of Black subjects for all young readers.
  • Essay “Black Lives/Young /Readers” appeared in Biographers International Organization newsletter, The Biographer’s Craft.
  • Prepublication announcement for Runaway The Daring Escape of Ona Judge in Harvard Magazine.

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