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The Power of Words with Jacqueline Woodson

  • February 5, 2022
  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 323-3020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Free

Hear from internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who gives voice to African American life through more than 30 books for adults, young adults, and children, including New York Times bestsellers, Red at the Bone, and Brown Girl Dreaming. Woodson's compelling stories focus on race, gender, and sexuality with characters who face challenges in powerful tales that are laced with hope.

Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She was named the 2015 Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, the 2018 Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress, and was selected for the 2020 MacArthur Genius fellowship for writing children's and young adult "works that reflect the complexity and diversity of the world we live in while stretching young readers' intellectual abilities and capacity for empathy." Woodson was also the 2020 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition given to an author and illustrator of children's books.

Look for other related programs taking place at Monroe County Public Library and in the community leading up to Woodson's talk https://mcpl.info/POW. You may check out a book club kit with 10 copies of the book and a discussion guide. We have book club kits for Woodson's Red at the Bone, Another Brooklyn, and Brown Girl Dreaming. https://mcpl.info/stacks/book-club-resources This year, the Power of Words is part of a larger Friends initiative to celebrate Black Voices including a special art exhibit in the Library curated by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature: Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards https://mcpl.info/OurVoice

We are grateful for the support that makes community literary events like this possible including a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, ongoing support from the Paula B. Anderson Endowment for the Power of Words and the Marian Armstrong Fund, as well as sponsors IU Libraries, The College Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Indiana University, and Morgenstern Books.

Doors open at 6 pm for this free unticked event. The runtime of the event is 75 mins. Wearing a mask is required indoors in Monroe County. Vaccine verification or negative covid test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue. COVID Policy FAQ.

The Power of Words with Jacqueline Woodson