Kwame Alexander Versify Bus Tour

We’re kicking off National Poetry Month with a performance like no other! Kwame Alexander, author of the 2015 Newbery medal winner THE CROSSOVER, is coming to An Unlikely Story with the rockstar writers and illustrators of his new imprint, Versify. He will be joined by Kadir Nelson, Lamar Giles, Raul the Third, and Kip Wilson. Kwame will discuss his new book THE UNDEFEATED. Join us as we bring in April with some literary rockstars!  

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

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.

ABOUT KWAME ALEXANDER:
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his, Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life, Swing, and the picture books, Out of Wonder and The Undefeated.

A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The NCTE/Charlotte Huck Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world through The Write Thing, his K-12 Writing Workshop. Kwame is the founder of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch. He's led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and Ghana, where he built the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
An Unlikely Story (Second Story)
The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328557261
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

White Rose Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328594433
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328460837
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Signed Copies

Can't make it to an event? We're always happy to set a signed copy aside for you or put one in the mail. Just add the book to your cart, and in the comments section, let us know that you want a signed copy, and tell us if you'd like the author to personalize the inscription (when available). If you would like it personalized, be sure to place your order at least 24 hours before the event. Personalized books must be paid for in advance.

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