Weekly JACBA Newsletter 15Apr2015

Happy Tax Day!

WV Book Festival to return with big-name authors

New York Times best-selling authors Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Jacqueline Woodson and Jeff Shaara will headline the book festival, which will be hosted by the Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston Oct. 23-24.

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996 Awardee
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Awardee


Trini among writers shortlisted for literary award

And Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph, the author of several other successful children’s and young adult books, is gripping in its depth of emotion, strong plot and realistic handling of relationships and conflicts. Lynn Joseph is a Trinidadian author of several books for children, including A Wave in Her Pocket, The Mermaid’s Twin Sister, An Island Christmas, Jump Up Time: A Carnival Story, and Coconut Kind of Day, and two Young Adult novels, The Color of My Words and Flowers in the Sky.

Read More | The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph 2001 Awardee


Kentucky Writers’ Day and Poet Laureate Induction is April 24

“Then you step out into footlight’s / dazzle all hope and high hearts.”
Those two lines from Lexington writer George Ella Lyon’s poem “Debut” are appropriate as she steps into the spotlight to be inducted as Kentucky’s poet laureate at 10 a.m. April 24, in the Capitol Rotunda as part of Kentucky Writers’ Day.

Read More | You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson 2010 Awardee


Lafayette teen book fest: Female young adult authors pushing boundaries

Orinda author Mitali Perkins is one of the local authors taking part in the Teen Book Fest on April 14, in Lafayette

Read More | Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins 2008 Awardee


Jewell Parker Rhodes: Living the Dream and Writing for Children: Children’s Institute 2015

Despite her lifelong compulsion to tell stories, to write, and that brief brush with third-grade literary fame, Rhodes says she “never once thought” that she could actually become a published author because she never read any books during her childhood “that had any diversity.” There were neither characters with her skin color nor any whose lives reflected her own experience of being raised in the inner city by her grandparents after her mother abandoned her as an infant.

Read More | Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee
The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee


Book Launch for Ann Bausum, author of Stonewall

A Room of One’s Own is excited and honored to host Ann Bausum for the launch of her new book for young adults and up detailing the history of Stonewall and its impact on the gay rights movement in America.

Read More | Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee
With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote by Ann Bausum 2005 Awardee


Van Dusen, Sweet get Maine book awards

Midcoast children’s book authors and illustrators Chris Van Dusen and Melissa Sweet were honored during the Maine State Library’s 26th annual Reading Roundup convention April 9 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Read More | Brave Girl illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014 Awardee

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