Free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 pm.
Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with award-winning children’s author and U. S. Young People’s Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson. Ms. Woodson will talk about and read from her middle-grade books. After her presentation, she will take questions from the audience, followed by a book sale and signing*, giving fans a chance to visit with her. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop.
Jacqueline Woodson’s most recent book Brown Girl Dreaming, winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, was named a 2015 Newbery Honor Book. A starred Kirkus Reviews says, “Woodson cherishes her memories and shares them with a graceful lyricism; her lovingly wrought vignettes of country and city streets will linger long after the page is turned. For every dreaming girl (and boy) with a pencil in hand (or keyboard) and a story to share.”
She is the author of more than 30 books for young people, including Miracle’s Boys, From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, Locomotion, After Tupac & D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. In addition to receiving the Newbery Honor Award three times, she has also won the Coretta Scott King Award, The Caldecott Medal, and the Margaret Edwards Award for her lifetime contribution as a children’s author. In June she was named Young People’s Poet Laureate of the United States by The Poetry Foundation.
An avid reader growing up, Woodson was surrounded by African-American and Puerto Rican culture, but never saw books about African-American girls, deaf children, or single-parent families—an omission that inspired her to write as she does today.
For more information on Jacqueline Woodson, click here to visit her website.
*Please note that the book signing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon entering the theater, people wishing to have books signed will be given a number, and the book signing will take place in numerical order after the on-stage presentation.