Author Talk with Jessica Herthel

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Critically acclaimed children's author Jessica Herthel joins us during LGBT History Month to discuss and answer questions about her frequently challenged book I Am Jazz.

About the Program

All Cal State Fullerton students, faculty, staff, emeriti and the public are invited to enjoy an afternoon talk with children’s book author Jessica Herthel. Refreshments and a book signing will follow Jessica’s talk.

I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings 

I Am Jazz

Jessica will discuss her ground-breaking book, I Am Jazz .

"From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boy's clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who diagnosed Jazz as transgender and explained that she was born this way.

Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers."


Program Summary

  • Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • 4:00 p.m. - Doors open
    • 4:15 p.m. - Program starts
    • 5:00 p.m. - Questions and answers, and book signing
  • Location: Pollak Library, PLN-130
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Parking: $8.00 Day Pass (normal campus rules apply)

Light refreshments will be served.

Titan Bookstore will offer the book I Am Jazz for sale at this event:

Jessica Herthel will be available for questions and a book signing following the presentation.

Program Sponsors

This program is made possible through sponsorship from the Pollak Library, Child and Adolescent Studies, Elementary and Bilingual Education, the LGBT Queer Resource Center, and the Women and Gender Studies Department.

About the Author

Author Jessica Herthel"Jessica Herthel is the co-author of the critically acclaimed children's picture book about a transgender girl, entitled I Am Jazz . The American Library Association recently ranked I Am Jazz number 3 on its list of the country's Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2015, and it is consistently named a Best Seller in Amazon's children's sections.

Today, Jessica travels around the country speaking to students, parents, teachers, politicians, and non-profit groups about how to use the book as a teaching tool, and why it is imperative to make schools and communities a safer place for all children."

"Jessica Herthel, a straight ally, Harvard Law School graduate, and married mother of three straight kids, never planned on becoming a transgender rights advocate. But a series of happy coincidences placed her in the right place at the right time, and she has been fighting for equality ever since."


About LGBT History Month

With its inaugural year in 1994, LGBT History Month was created to commemorate the struggles and accomplishments of the LGBT community. Centered around National Coming Out Day on October 11, LGBT History Month is a time to appreciate the contributions of the LGBT community and how it has helped shape our society, as well as pause to consider the work that still needs to be done to ensure equality for all. (Source:

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Location & Floor Map

This event is being held in room PLN-130 in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.