University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Kwame Alexander


Early Childhood Literacy

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and the New York Times best-selling author of 28 books, including "Swing," "Solo" and "Rebound," the follow-up to his, Newbery-winning middle grade novel, "The Crossover." Some of his other works include "Booked," a National Book Award nominee, "The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score In this Game of Life," and the picture books, "Out of Wonder," "Surf's Up" and "The Undefeated." The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch, the co-founding director of the LEAP for Ghana initiative and the founding editor of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

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Scheduled events:
A Literary Concert of Jazz and Verse
Join Newbery award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander in a celebration of his new YA novel in verse, "Swing." He will be accompanied by Randy Preston, a songwriter who has written original music based on the book.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kwame Alexander, Randy Preston
Moderator: Lisa Morris-Wilkey
Matters of the Heart: Love In YA Literature
Love is a theme that often fills YA novels. Three YA authors will share the ways in which they brought unique connections to themes of love to their books.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kwame Alexander, Tanaz Bhathena, Emma Mills
Moderator: Marney Welmers

Books:
Swing
Children / Teens
Blink
October 2018
ISBN 9780310761914
432 pages
$18.99, INSTORE
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In bestselling authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess' Swing, Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah has loved for years. More/less

Rebound
Children / Teens
Houghton Miflin
April 2018
ISBN 9780544868137
$16.99, INSTORE
Buy now

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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