Kwame Alexander, The New York Times Bestselling Author of Booked, and The Crossover, and Newbery Medalist, at a Special Event!

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Kwame Alexander, The New York Times Bestselling Author and Newbery Medalist, will Celebrate his New Middle Reader Softcovers Booked, and The Crossover at a Special Event that is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & Turn the Page KC.

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.

ABOUT THE CROSSOVER:  The New York Times Bestseller, Newbery Medal-Winner, Coretta Scott King Honor Award, 2015 YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Publishers Weekly Best Book, School Library Journal Best Book, Kirkus Best Book "A beautifully measured novel of life and line." ~ The New York Times Book Review.  "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING.  My sweat is DRIZZLING.  Stop all that quivering.  ’Cuz tonight I’m delivering," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell.  Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court.  But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line.  As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change.  When Jordan meets a girl, the twins’ bond unravels.  Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart.

ABOUT BOOKED:  The New York Times Bestseller, National Book Award Longlist, ILA-CBC Children's Choice List, ALA Notable Children’s Book, Book Links’ Lasting Connections, Kirkus Best Book, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, Washington Post Best Book, BookPage Best Book.  "A Novel about a soccer-obsessed tween boy written entirely in verse?  In a word, yes.  Kwame Alexander has the magic to pull off this unlikely feat, both as a poet and as a storyteller. " ~ The Chicago Tribune.  Can’t nobody stop you Can’t nobody cop you… In this follow-up to Newbery-Winner The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage.  12 Year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.  Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.  This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!.

DATE & TIME:  Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 11:00 AM.  Doors OPEN at 10:00 AM.  Seating is General Admission.

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Kwame Alexander will provide a performance like none other that you’ve ever seen before.  The Presentation will last about 40 Minutes.  Additionally, musician Randy Preston will be belting out songs and entertaining the audience with his guitar performance.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE (1 or 2 People):  $8.99 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Softcover of either Booked, or The Crossover, and 1 or 2 Admission Tickets.  It's your choice, for the same price. 

Event Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In Purchase at the door beginning at 10:15 AM.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
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