November is Virtual Book Season at Cathedral!

Each year, the Parents Association brings the Cathedral community together to celebrate the love of books and reading. We are excited to welcome our beloved Book Season back to The Cathedral School and as we continue to browse and shop safely this year, we will once again hold a Virtual Book Fair!

Book Fair Online Shopping Experience


How To Shop: When shopping the site, you should always start on the Cathedral Book Fair Page and add the Cathedral School ID ITEM to your shopping cart. Following that step assures that the Cathedral Parents Association will receive 20% of your purchase. On the Cathedral Book Fair Page, you will see the books by our visiting authors, recommendations from our librarian Ricca Gaus, as well as recommendations from the new head of school, Erica Corbin. Please take the time to review that selection and seriously consider buying one or more books from the visiting authors who are donating their time to speak to our children. After perusing the Cathedral page, click “Shop the Entire Site” to browse through the selection of more than 8,000 titles–broken down by ages and categories of interest. There are plenty of Diaries of a Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, Guinness Books of World Records, Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, The Who Was? series, gamer guides, and much, much more!

eGift Certificates: Don't have time to browse now? Don't know what you want? You can buy a gift certificate! As long as you buy the gift certificate during the November 15 through November 19 window and remember to add the Cathedral School ID ITEM to your shopping cart, the PA will receive the 20% credit, but you can redeem the gift certificate at any time during the year. You can also make a donation to enhance your child's classroom library.

Delivery: At check out, you can select either home delivery or FREE delivery to the school(*) (Be sure to add your child's name and classroom in the "SHIP TO" portion of the checkout process.) You can also arrange for books to be directly shipped to your home address, with a $10 flat fee per order. Finally, before you submit your order, please make sure that you have added the Cathedral School ID ITEM to your cart. Having this item in your cart will not add any extra charge to you, but will assure that the Cathedral PA is credited for the sale. If you do not see the Cathedral School ID ITEM in your cart, please return to the Cathedral Book Fair Page  to add it.

(*) Books will be delivered to the school the last week of November. Each order will be packed by Main Street Books and labeled with the students name and class (please enter student name and homeroom in the address field).

Virtual Cocktail Party And Literary Trivia Extravaganza!

It wouldn’t be book season at Cathedral without a spirited parent gathering to celebrate our love of books. Please save the date of Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30 PM for an hour-long, grown-up, Zoomtastic fun time with trivia, fun facts, literary dish, and a little friendly competition highlighting our knowledge about the Cathedral School Library. Hosted by 7th-grade parents Rob Keefe and Martha Stolley, this is the Zoom party everyone will be talking about! Zoom link.

Virtual Author Visits
Kindergarten through 8th grade will have virtual readings and Q&As with our wonderful visiting authors throughout October and November. The schedule of visits, and links to information about the visiting authors is listed here:

Kindergarten: Philemona Williamson, (illustrator) presents Lubaya's Quiet Roar on October 25, 2021

First/Second: Tricia Elam Walker presents Nana Akua Goes to School on November 1, 2021

Third: Emma Otheguy presents Silver Meadows Summer on November 16, 2021

Fourth/Fifth: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich  presents It Doesn't Take a Genius on October 21, 2021

Sixth/Seventh: Veronica Chambers/Jennifer Harlan present Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter on November 3, 2021

Eighth: David Zirin presents The Kaepernick Effect on November 22, 2021

More Information on Our Visiting Authors

Veronica Chambers 

Veronica Chambers
Veronica is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl, which has been adopted by hundreds of high schools and colleges throughout the country. The New Yorker called Mama's Girl, "a troubling testament to grit and mother love… one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre in recent years." Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, her work often reflects her Afro-Latina heritage. She is currently the editor of Narrative Projects at the New York Times, a team dedicated to starting up multi-layered series and packages at The Times. Veronica came to the paper as editor of Past Tense, the story team that published articles inspired by photography that The Times rediscovered as it digitized its photo archives. For her work at the Times, she has won awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the Jane Addams Peace Association.

Before coming to The Times, Veronica wrote and edited several books and anthologies. Including “Mama’s Girl” and “Shirley Chisholm is a Verb.” She co-wrote “Yes, Chef” with Marcus Samuelsson and “32 Yolks” with Eric Ripert. Her recent work, “Between Harlem and Heaven,” a collection of recipes inspired by the culinary intersections between the Asian and African diaspora in American cuisine, won the James Beard Award for best American cookbook in 2019. A graduate of Bard College at Simon's Rock, she was a 2017 John S. Knight fellow in journalism entrepreneurship and innovation at Stanford University. For more information, visit

Jennifer Harlan, her co-author, is a member of the archival storytelling team on the Special Projects desk at the New York Times. She has a degree in comparative literature and French studies from Brown University and is a co-author of the book "Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote," also with Veronica Chambers.

Emma Otheguy

Emma Otheguy
Emma is the author of the bilingual picture book Martí’s Song for Freedom (Lee & Low, 2017) about Cuban poet and national hero José Martí, as well as her middle-grade novel Silver Meadows Summer (Knopf, 2019), which Pura Belpré-winning author Ruth Behar called, “a magnificent contribution to the diversity of the new American literature for young readers.” Martí’s Song for Freedom received five starred reviews, was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the New York Public Library, and was the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s 2018 Children’s and Young Adult Book Award in Intermediate Nonfiction.

Emma co-authored, with Newbery Honor-winning author Adam Gidwitz, The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Madre de Aguas of Cuba (Dutton 2020) a magical adventure set in contemporary Cuba. Otheguy contributed an original adventure, Secrets of the Silver Lion (HMH 2020), to the Carmen Sandiego universe. This Carmen Sandiego novel takes kids on a globe-trotting caper through a museum in Washington Heights, New York, a historical archive in Sevilla, Spain, and the silver mines of Potosí, Bolivia. Otheguy’s first fiction picture book, A Sled for Gabo, was published simultaneously in English and Spanish by Atheneum. Her next book, Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene, a contemporary middle-grade novel, will be published in 2022. For more information, visit

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Olugbemisola is the author of It Doesn’t Take a Genius. She also authored The Two Naomis (HarperCollins), with Audrey Vernick, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, was a Kirkus Book of the Year, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. The sequel, Naomis Too, is out now.

She is also the editor of the We Need Diverse Books middle grade anthology, THE HERO NEXT DOOR, (Crown/Random House) and a member of The Brown Bookshelf, a Web site dedicated to amplifying Black and Brown voices in children’s literature, and a former We Need Diverse Books Board member. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES (Crown/Random House), edited by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson; THE JOURNEY IS EVERYTHING: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them, edited by Katherine Bomer (Heinemann); IMAGINE IT BETTER: Visions of What School Might Be, edited by Luke Reynolds (Heinemann); and BREAK THESE RULES: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself, edited by Luke Reynolds (Chicago Review Press). For more information, visit

Tricia Elam Walker
Tricia Walker
Tricia is an award-winning author, attorney and educator.  Her first novel, Breathing Room, was published by Simon & Schuster/PocketBooks in 2001. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Essence and other publications.  She has provided commentary for NPR, CNN, the BBC and more.  Tricia’s short stories are included in the O.Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South and other anthologies and her essays are published in Father’s Songs, Dream Me Home Safely, It’s All About Love and more. Her first children’s book, Nana Akua Goes to School, was published by Random House in June 2020. For more information, see

Philemona Williamson
Philemona Williamson
Philemona is an artist and educator who has shown widely in the United States, Central America, and most recently at her mid-career retrospective at the Montclair Art Museum in NJ and at June Kelly Gallery in NYC. Her narrative paintings deal with gender, race, and adolescence. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and many others. She was an artist-in-residence at The Joan Mitchell Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and currently teaches painting at Pratt Institute and Hunter College.
In Lubaya’s Quiet Roar, artist Philemona Williamson came together with Newbery Honor winner Marilyn Nelson to create this lyrical, impactful story of how every child, even the quietest, can make a difference in their community and world. For more information, visit

Dave Zirin
Dave Zirin
Dave, The Nation sports editor, is the author of ten books on the politics of sports, most recently, The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now! He also hosts The Nation’s Edge of Sports podcast. You can find all his work or contact him through his website Follow him on twitter @EdgeofSports.

Questions? Please contact Book Fair co-chairs Carolyn FoleyAlison Rose, or Danielle Felczak.
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