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.”