Woodson, Groff among finalists for $50,000 literary prize
NEW YORK (AP) — A story collection by Lauren Groff and a middle grade novel by Jacqueline Woodson are among the finalists for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize.
NEW YORK (AP) — This week's BookExpo and BookCon will be a showcase for diversity and for combinations and alliances new and old.
BernExpo: Sen. Bernie Sanders to speak at BookExpo
NEW YORK (AP) — BookExpo is feeling the Bern.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will be speaking at publishing's annual national gathering, convention organizers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Vermont independent and 2016 Democratic presidential contender is scheduled for May 31 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.
He is expected to discuss his upcoming book "Where We Go From Here," scheduled for release in November.
‘Hello, Universe’ wins Newbery for best children’s book
NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Entrada Kelly's "Hello, Universe," a nuanced account of a diverse group of middle school students and their unexpected encounters, has won the John Newbery Medal for the outstanding children's book of 2017. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for best illustration went to Matthew Cordell and his near-wordless story of a girl and the wolf pup she saves, "Wolf in the Snow."
Woodson named ‘young people’s literature’ ambassador
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacqueline Woodson, the country's next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, originally had someone else in mind for the job.
"It's funny, because I called him (current ambassador Gene Luen Yang) awhile back to suggest another person," the award-winning author told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "And he told me, 'Thanks, we already have a person we want.' I had no idea it was me."
There are some wise books, such as the Bible, the Quran or the Ramayana, where you can turn to nearly any page and divine a sermon in the poetry. Jacqueline Woodsons Another Brooklyn is cut from similar cloth.
I have a friend who is a professor of religion. In a discussion with him, he told me his doctoral dissertation was on the ethnic religions of the Tamil people, and on several occasions studied in southern India for months at a time. Tamils? I never heard of Tamils. Now, I hear reference to Tamils all the time, especially on BBC radio. Why do I mention this? It's all about learning; you can't know what you've never been exposed to, whether through conversation, reading, or hearing it through some other means. The books reviewed today will open children's eye and minds in a variety of important ways - learning to think for yourself; realizing that kids' can have a powerful voice even though they are young; that children around the world may live differently but that we are all basically the same. Powerful, important stuff, wouldn't you agree?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque bookstore and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation have announced writer Jacqueline Woodson will be the featured speaker for their literary fundraiser.
The National Book Award-winning author will speak on June 13 at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque and discuss her new book, Another Brooklyn.
Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, including the New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming.
Marley Dias, young diversity advocate, working on book
NEW YORK (AP) — A 12-year-old advocate for diversity in literature is working on a book about activism and social justice.
Scholastic told The Associated Press on Thursday that it had a deal with Marley Dias, whose hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks is part of her mission to collect stories about women of color. Her book is not yet titled and is scheduled for 2018.