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Jacqueline Woodson

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book cover of Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

So many things happen in this story that it’s hard to say what it’s ‘about.’ It’s about love, and family and the Tulsa Race Massacre and Brooklyn and getting pregnant young and falling in love for the first time and heartbreak and motherhood and daughterhood – this list goes on and on.

Where it takes place:

Brooklyn, Chicago, Atlanta, Oberlin College.

Where I wrote it:

Park Slope, Brooklyn, France, Mallorca and finally finished first draft in Tuscany.

Why I wrote it:

I didn’t learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre until I was in my early 20s. I wanted to understand Black wealth and too often, the lack thereof. I also wanted to write about some many of the themes Red At The Bone interrogates.

updated: 8 months ago

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.