Thursday, Oct. 4
Event hosted @
Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe
7pm (Doors open at 6:30)
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Jacqueline Woodson in support of her recent books Harbor Me and The Day You Begin on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm.
Note: this event will take place at Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe (2301 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA). Seating is open to the public and will be limited. You may reserve a seat by purchasing in advance either book from East Bay Booksellers.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. 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 two dozen 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 Side, Each Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show 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 and the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
With The Day You Begin, she and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. Through lyrical writing and dazzling art we're reminded that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
(This book is also available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres.)
Harbor Me is Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel since her National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming, and celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories. Here, they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them -- everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.