Special event with Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover, at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena

Parnassus Books is thrilled to partner with the Lipscomb University College of Education to present a special event with Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover, to be held at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena on Wednesday, April 19th, at 5pm. This event is free and open to the public. There will not be a book signing at this event.

Although it is usually possible to preorder books before author events and pick them up at the event, due to the large audience we anticipate will attend, we unfortunately cannot facilitate delivery of preordered books at this event. To see whether there are any autographed copies available after the event, please call the store on Thursday, April 20th. 

Kwame Alexander, one of the most highly acclaimed bestselling children’s authors in the country will talk about reading, writing, poetry, access and equity at a community “literacy pep rally." Musician and poet Randy Preston will join Alexander for the literacy pep rally.

“Kwame Rules! Come Get Your Reading Game On” will feature Alexander, a poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. His newest book, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life, was released in February. Some of his other works include picture books, Animal Ark, Out of Wonder and Surf’s Up; and novels, Booked, He Said She Said and the forthcoming Solo.

The event is part of the Lipscomb University College of Education’s Literacy Series: Building Equity & Engagement. Attendance is free, and refreshments will be provided. Please register at www.lipscomb.edu/education/kwamealexander. The event is made possible through the financial support of Leadership Tennessee and other community partners. Alexander’s books will be available for purchase at the event.

“Literacy is vital to the success of an individual and of a community,” said Deborah Boyd, dean of Lipscomb’s College of Education. “It is about one’s ability to read, write, speak and listen in order to communicate effectively and to connect to the world in which we live. Having Kwame on campus offers educators, children and their families another engaging way to be excited about reading and about the benefits of literacy. This is a fun way to promote reading and to highlight the work still to be done in this area.”

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Allen Arena
1 University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
The Crossover Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544107717
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 18th, 2014

Booked Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544570986
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2016

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Thai Neave (Photographer)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544570979
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 14th, 2017

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763680947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781426327674
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic Society - February 14th, 2017

Surf's Up Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780735842205
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Northsouth Books - February 1st, 2016

He Said, She Said Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062118981
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amistad Press - November 18th, 2014