Author Kwame Alexander to discuss career in virtual event

Join for an evening of inspiration and conversation with Kwame Alexander, author of the Newbery Award-winning book "The Crossover," Newbery Honor/Caldecott Medal-winning book "The Undefeated" and, most recently, "An American Story."

This is an Illinois Libraries Present event for young people and their families.

The event will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Please note that this program will be presented live without a recording.

Alexander will share ways to say yes to your story and persist in the face of rejection as he shares his own publishing journey.

Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher and The New York Times bestselling author of 36 books. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award.

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 the writer and executive producer of The Crossover show on Disney+.

A Conversation with Kwame Alexander is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit

For information, visit or call (847) 907-3600.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), 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.

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