Kwame Alexander's Versify Debut with Jacqueline Woodson

Monday April 1, 2019
07:00 pm

Tags: Event




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Versify reflects Kwame Alexander’s vision that accessible and powerful prose and poetry—in picture books, novels, and nonfiction—can celebrate the lives and reflect the possibilities of all children.


Jacqueline Woodson moderates a discussion with debut Versify authors. The inaugural collection of books includes The Undefeateda picture book by Alexander and illustrator Kadir Nelson that pays tribute to the sacrifices and triumphs of African Americans; The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, a middle-grade “modern-day Phantom Tollbooth” by Lamar Giles, a founding member of We Need Diverse Books; Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, the first in a new bilingual picture book series by illustrator Raúl the Third; and White Rose, a YA novel in verse about Nazi resistance leader Sophie Scholl, by YARN poetry editor Kip Wilson.


Join Kwame, Kadir, Lamar, Raúl and Kip to celebrate their books that explore the beauty, hurdles, and hopefulness of life… books that engage, entertain and empower young people to imagine and create a better world. The authors will read from their books and join a discussion with Jacqueline Woodson and then take questions from the audience; immediately following the event the authors will be available to autograph books.


Kwame AlexanderKwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his, Newberry medal-winning middle-grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked a National Book Award Nominee, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You, Aim, Shoot, And Score in this Game of Life, Swing and the picture books, Out of Wonder and The Undefeated. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The NCTE/Charlotte Huck Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award.


Lamar GilesLamar Giles is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and a two-time Edgar Award finalist in the YA category: for his debut YA thriller Fake ID, and his second YA thriller, Endangered. His third, Overturned, recently received a glowing New York Times review. He is the author of the upcoming YA novel, Spin and a contributor to the YA anthology Three Sides of a Heart and the editor of We Need Diverse Books YA short story anthology Fresh Ink. He resides in Virginia with his wife.



Raúl Gonzalez the Third is the Pura Belpré Award-winning illustrator of the Lowriders in Spaceseries by Cathy Camper. He is currently working on a YA graphic novel with David Bowles. He grew up between El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, México and now lives in Boston, MA with colorist Elaine Bay.





Kip Wilson


Kip Wilson is the Poetry Editor of the Young Adult Review Network and has a Ph.D. in German Literature. In 2017, she won the PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, and her work has appeared in several children’s literary magazines.





Jackie WoodsonJacqueline Woodson received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and on January 9, 2018, she was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position which she will hold through 2019. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of more than thirty award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.