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An Evening with Author Kwame Alexander

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Saying Yes to Your Story:
A Conversation with Kwame Alexander

Join us for an evening of inspiration and conversation with best-selling, award-winning children’s and young adult author and poet, Kwame Alexander. He is the author of the Newbery Award winning book The Crossover, the Newbery Honor/Caldecott Medal winning book The Undefeated, and most recently, An American Story. Kwame will share ways to say yes to your story and persist in the face of rejection as he discusses his own publishing journey. As a creator of more than 36 books, Kwame will energize attendees to harness the power of words and storytelling for change! 

Online registration for this program can be completed at You may also register by calling 309.590.6168or by visiting the Adult Services Desk at the Library and registering in person.  

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times bestselling author. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and three NAACP Image Award Nominations. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He is also the writer and executive producer of The Crossover Show on Disney+.


This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. Please note that this program will be presented live without a recording.

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