Inprint Cool Brains! Jacqueline Woodson Livestream Event
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Inprint invites you to a free live virtual event featuring four-time Newbery Honor winner Jacqueline Woodson. Jacqueline will give a presentation about her new novel, Before the Ever After, and then respond to video messages/questions submitted by kids.
Please note that this livestream event will be viewable directly on the Inprint website. The link to view the reading will be provided to those that order a free ticket in the ticket receipt from Eventbrite.
Hey kids, send in short video messages/questions for Jacqueline Woodson to be included in the live event! Kids who send in a video will receive a free copy of Before the Ever After.
- Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds.
- Videos can include a question for Jacqueline about her new novel Before the Ever After, about her life as a writer, or a general message about what her books mean to you.
- Begin the video with your name, your school, and what grade you are in.
- Select videos will be part of the live event for Jacqueline to see and respond to.
Send videos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 23, 12 pm CT.
BOOK DISCOUNTS: Order a copy of Before the Ever After from our partners at Blue Willow Bookshop and receive a 10% discount. To receive the discount, order the book here and use the coupon code EVERAFTER.
BIO: Jacqueline Woodson is the critically-acclaim author of more than 30 award-winning books for adults, young adults, and children, including Red at the Bone, Another Brooklyn, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. She is also the author of the popular middle-grade novel Brown Girl Dreaming, “a book full of poems that cry out to be learned by heart” (The New York Times Book Review). Among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She was named the 2015 Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation and the 2018 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. In 2020, she was selected for a MacArthur Genius fellowship for her work “redefining children’s and young adult literature in 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.
In her new novel-in-verse, Before the Ever After, Jacqueline explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed and the cost of professional sports on Black bodies. Even though he has a great group of friends and a talent for songwriting, twelve-year-old ZJ’s life quickly turns from charmed to tragic after his pro football player dad starts having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. When his mom explains that this is all happening because of the head injuries his father sustained during his sports career, ZJ must come to terms with the fact that his family is forever changed. According to a Kirkus starred review, Before the Ever After is “a poignant and achingly beautiful narrative that sheds light on the price of a violent sport.” Publishers Weekly adds, “ZJ’s doleful tale unveils the intense nostalgia and hope one can feel despite realizing that sometimes what is lost can never be regained.” Will ZJ and his family ever be happy again? Can ZJ and his close-knit community learn to live without a fairy-tale ending?
Jacqueline currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and has two kids, one cat, and three dogs. She can only write with her notebook turned sideways and has most of her books memorized so she doesn’t have to carry them around.
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