Sweet Potato Comfort Pie founder Rose McGee launches her children’s book Can’t Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie Like Our Mama! The event is hosted by the Minnesota Humanities Center, in partnership with the book’s publisher, Minnesota Historical Society Press. In a discussion moderated by Freddie Bell, KMOJ radio personality and Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, Rose and illustrator Christopheraaron Deanes will share their thoughts and perspectives on creating this delightful story. The book will be for sale at the event through Black Garnet Books; it will also be for sale at Black Garnet Books bookshop and online in the future.
About the Author and Illustrator
Rose McGee’s touching story expands on her own work building community and relationships through her “baketivism” as the leader of the nonprofit Sweet Potato Comfort Pie. She is a well-known facilitator, the playwright behind “Kumbayah: The Juneteenth Story,” one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50, and a 2019 Bush Fellow. Her work has been featured in the national PBS documentary, “A Few Good Pie Places,” and in the TEDx Talk, “The Power of Pie.”
Christopheraaron Deanes is an artist and educator working to build creative equitable spaces that support and engage communities. As an artist, Christopheraaron is represented in local galleries and has created metal enamel sculptures as well as murals sited throughout the Twin Cities. As an educator, he works in the administration offices at Fridley Public Schools and with communities of color around Minneapolis and St. Paul. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Cara, and five amazing children.