ONE HEAF, ONE BOOK: In Conversation with Jacqueline Woodson

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Join us as we discuss the powerful award-winning novel Brown Girl Dreaming with the author Jacqueline Woodson

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Join Jacqueline Woodson as she discusses her National Book Award-winning BROWN GIRL DREAMING with the HEAF community, including a special Q + A crafted with our Summer Quest Middle School students.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In BROWN GIRL DREAMING, with her vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books. Her New York Times–bestselling memoir, BROWN GIRL DREAMING, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York.

On Monday, July 27th, Jacqueline will join us in a virtual conversation about the book, herself, and an interactive Q & A!

Zoom link will be sent prior to Monday's event.

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