GLOBAL VIRTUAL EVENT: Books and Beyond with Jacqueline Woodson 1 PM ET /10 AM PT
Celebrate the power of books with National Book Award-winner and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Jacqueline Woodson. Woodson is one of the nation’s most acclaimed authors writing for children, adolescents, and adults. Weaving together lyrical language and powerful imagery to create rich and emotional stories, her work explores the complex intersections of race, class, gender, family, and American history. Join Woodson for a one-time livestream global conversation around stories and books that connect us to one another.
This event is for public schools, libraries, community centers, and other publicly funded programs & organizations that serve youth. Each registration provides a school-wide license to livestream program as an assembly. Please note that this educational program will be streamed live without a recording.
- GLOBAL VIRTUAL EVENT: Books and Beyond with Jacqueline Woodson 1 PM ET /10 AM PT
Each Kindness, The Kennedy Center, DC
This world premiere concert features Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson reading Each Kindness onstage to music composed, arranged, and performed by six members of celebrated string production company Rootstock Republic, along with projections of E.B. Lewis’ striking artwork.
April 28 - 29
- Each Kindness, The Kennedy Center, DC
- Storytime: Tami Charles & Bryan Collier: We Are Here w/ Jacqueline WoodsonBooks Are Magic Join Books Are Magic for a storytime with the award winning author-illustrator duo Tami Charles and Bryan Collier, in conversation with Jacqueline Woodson!
Singing Amercia: A Celebration of Black Literature
40th Key West Literary Seminar
January 12-15, 2023
- Singing Amercia: A Celebration of Black Literature
- John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award: Jacqueline WoodsonThe John Steinbeck Award is given to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes. The phrase “in the souls of the people” comes from Chapter 25 of The Grapes of Wrath. This section of the book, and particularly this phrase, encapsulates the writer’s enduring legacy as an engaged and socially aware artist. This year's awards ceremony will honor acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson. FREE!
Block Party with Jason MoranThe Kennedy CenterJoin us for a FREE family event full of activities and performances to kick off the 2022-2023
Performances for Young Audiences season. Jacqueline Woodson will narrate and share poetry
with music by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The REACH Plaza will have outdoor games
inspired by Jacqueline’s book The World Belonged to Us: sidewalk chalk activities, hopscotch, fort
building, jump rope, double dutch, and hula hoops! Food and refreshments will also be available
for purchase onsite to keep you fueled at this fun-filled event. Most enjoyed by all ages.
- Block Party with Jason MoranThe Kennedy CenterJoin us for a FREE family event full of activities and performances to kick off the 2022-2023
- In Conversation with Rachel M. HarperPowell's BooksRachel M. Harper’s The Other Mother (Counterpoint) is a page-turning generational saga about a young man’s search for a parent he never knew, and a moving portrait of motherhood, race, and the truths we hide in the name of family. Jenry Castillo is a musical prodigy, raised by a single mother in Miami. He arrives at Brown University on a scholarship — but also to learn more about his late father, Jasper Patterson, a famous ballet dancer who died tragically when Jenry was two. On his search, he meets his estranged grandfather, Winston Patterson, a legendary professor of African American history and a fixture at the Ivy League school, who explodes his world with one question: Why is Jenry so focused on Jasper, when it was Winston’s daughter, Juliet, who was romantically involved with Jenry’s mother? Juliet is the parent he should be looking for — his other mother. Revelation follows revelation as each member of Jenry’s family steps forward to tell the story of his origin, uncovering a web of secrecy that binds this family together even as it keeps them apart. Moving seamlessly between the past and the present, The Other Mother is a daring, ambitious novel that celebrates the complexities of love and resilience — masterfully exploring the intersections of race, class, and sexuality; the role of biology in defining who belongs to whom; and the complicated truth of what it means to be a family. Harper will be joined in conversation by Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming and Red at the Bone.