Join Kwame Alexander and fellow authors, Veronica Chambers and Marie Arnold, for an evening of joyous conversation about books, favorite recipes, and audience questions.
Perseverance is a commonality that weaves the stories of these three authors together. Kwame Alexander’s book, Becoming Muhammed Ali explores the world-famous pugilist when he was still known as Cassius Clay. As a child, Ali struggled with school and ever-present racism in his Kentucky hometown. But he never gave up his dreams of being a boxer. Veronica Chambers collected the stories of overlooked suffragists in Finish the Fight, including Mary Eliza Church Terrell, who co-founded the National Association of Colored Women, and Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, who led one the biggest suffrage parades in New York City. Marie Arnold’s contemporary and personal The Year I Flew Away, interlaces her own immigration story with fantasy and humor. It asks how one finds footing in a country made up of immigrants yet so hostile to people trying to start a new life here.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including The Undefeated; Swing; and Rebound, the follow-up to the Newbery medal-winning novel, The Crossover. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. Kwame is the co-founder of L.E.A.P., an international literacy empowerment organization and the founder of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt which publishes books that will engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine a better world.
Veronica Chambers is the senior editor of special project Past Tense, an Archival Storytelling project, at the New York Times. She recently created the anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a collection by 16 writers celebrating the former first lady, and edited the upcoming Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. She is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, she writes often about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish, but she is truly fluent in Spanglish.
Marie Arnold was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and came to America at the age of seven. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York alongside her extended family. Marie enjoys creating stories full of adventure, and wonder, which center on girls of color. When she’s not writing, she’s adding to her insanely long Netflix queue and trying not to order pizza. The Year I Flew Away is her debut middle grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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