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Meet Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Free

Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author, as she discusses her books, Another Brooklyn, Harbor Me and The Day You Begin a book that reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes—and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. A book signing will follow the event and books will be available at The Center for Fiction bookstore.

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    Jacqueline Woodson

    Photo credit Carlos Diaz

    Jacqueline Woodson

    Photo credit Carlos Diaz

    Jacqueline 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. Her books include The Other SideEach Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. In March 2018, Penguin Young Readers celebrated the 20th anniversary of Woodson’s If You Come Softly with a special edition of the beloved story of star-crossed love between a Black teenage boy and his Jewish classmate.  Harbor Me, a middle grade novel, and The Day You Begin, a picture book illustrated by Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López, will publish in August 2018. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.