Salon@615 is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander for a celebration of his new picture book, The Undefeated, as well as the paperback releases of The Crossover and Booked. This free event will take place at Collins Auditorium at Lipscomb University on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:15pm. Read on for important event guidelines as well as to learn more about Kwame and his new book, or scroll down to reserve your tickets now.
This Salon@615 is a free, ticketed event. A very limited number of tickets will be available on-site on the day of the event, after which walk-up guests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. We strongly recommend arriving early for the on-site and walk-up ticket line. To ensure a guaranteed seat, ticket holders need to be seated by 6:05pm. Any seats that are unfilled at 6:05 will begin to be filled with walk-up guests.
To join the signing line at this event, you MUST purchase a copy of your choice of The Undefeated, The Crossover, or Booked from Parnassus Books. As a Salon patron, you will receive a 10% discount! Enter the coupon code SALON10 upon checkout, and the discount will be automatically applied to your order. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event while supplies last.
Directions and Parking Information
Please plan to arrive early for campus parking so that you can be seated by 6:05pm.
The numbers in parentheses indicate the locations on Lipscomb University's campus map, which includes MTA bus shelter locations.
If arriving by car, please plan to park at Stokes (P4) near the intersection of Belmont Boulevard and Glen Echo Road and go across the street, which is the easiest. There might be parking behind Bennett Student Center (31). Alternately, parking should be available in Arena West Parking Garage (P2) by the tennis center. Normally, you would use the sidewalk going toward the Bell Tower (39) from there, but that sidewalk will be closed due to construction, so you will need to walk around the new George Shinn Events Center (under construction) and Ezell Center (49) toward University Park Drive off Belmont Boulevard (1) and come to Burton’s Collins Alumni Auditorium (35). Alternately, you can take the pedestrian detour, which will cross the walkway between Allen Arena and the baseball field. From there, you will take a left back toward main campus.
The event will be held in Collins Alumni Auditorium (35). This is located behind A.M. Burton Health Sciences Center (36). If you are familiar with campus, Collins is across from Bennett Campus Center/Starbucks (31), with a fountain (33) on the square between the two buildings. Guests using wheelchairs can access the door on the side of Burton (36) closest to the Bell Tower (39) and take the elevator to the auditorium. Alternately, guests can come up the flight of stairs at the back of the building and come in the doors under the sign that says Collins Alumni Auditorium (35).
School and charter buses will not be able to drop off groups in front of Burton (36) because Kwame Alexander’s Versify Tour Bus will be parked there. Buses can enter the circle drive (40) in front of Allen Arena (46) and have students prepared to disembark quickly. Students will walk between the Swang Business Center (38) on their left and Johnson Hall (41) on the right. Veering right on the sidewalk takes the group past the painted bison and toward Collins Auditorium (35).
Bus drivers will stage the buses in the large parking lot at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ. If the church is on the bus drivers’ left, they will take the second entrance. If it's on the right, the drivers will take the first entrance.
More about Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including Swing, Solo, and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. He's also the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
More about The Undefeated
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.