VIRTUAL - Heartdrum Panel

Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 3:00pm

This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar. Click here to register.

Dawn Quigley, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Brian Young will hold a panel on HarperCollins' newest imprint, Heartdrum.

Launching in Winter 2021, Heartdrum will offer a wide range of innovative, unexpected, and heartfelt  stories by Native creators, informed and inspired by lived experience, with an emphasis on the present  and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes. 

At powwows, "the Drum" often refers to both the instrument and to the singers who surround it. The  drumbeat evokes the heartbeat of the Native community, so the name Heartdrum is a tribute to that  connection. Public, intertribal powwows are family-friendly, cultural events in which people of various  sovereign Native Nations come together; non-Native guests are welcome, too. Likewise, the Heartdrum  imprint will fully center intertribal voices and visions but also welcome all young readers. The imprint will  offer a wide range of heartfelt, innovative, groundbreaking, and unexpected stories by Native creators,  informed and inspired by lived experience, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country  and on the strength of young Native heroes. 

Dawn Quigley is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, North Dakota. Her debut YA novel, Apple in the Middle, was awarded an American Indian Youth Literature Honor. She is a PhD, education university faculty member, and a former K–12 reading and English teacher, as well as Indian Education program codirector. You can find her online at

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the bestselling, acclaimed author of books for all ages, including Rain Is Not My Indian NameIndian ShoesJingle Dancer, and Hearts Unbroken, which won the American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award; she is also the anthologist of Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids. Most recently, she was named the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate. Cynthia is the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and serves as the Katherine Paterson Inaugural Endowed Chair on the faculty of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and lives in Austin, Texas. You can visit Cynthia online at

Brian Young is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Univeristy. He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He enjoys reading, watching movies, playing video games (when he has time), and keeping physically active.

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend Cover Image
By Dawn Quigley, Tara Audibert (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063015388
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heartdrum - May 11th, 2021

Sisters of the Neversea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062869975
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Heartdrum - June 1st, 2021

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062869944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

Healer of the Water Monster Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062990402
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heartdrum - May 11th, 2021