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Superstar of Young People's Literature
7 p.m. Thursday October 6, 2022
Page Hall, University at Albany Downtown campus
135 Western Avenue
Albany NY 12203
Free and open to the public. Masks are strongly encouraged.
Kwame Alexander, a household name among readers of children’s and YA literature, is the New York Times bestselling author of 35 books, including The Undefeated, winner of the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor, and The Crossover, winner of the Newbery Medal.
His new novel is The Door of No Return (Sept. 2022), the story of Kofi, an 11-year-old boy who is taken from the normal childhood and vibrant life of his West African village into the brutality of the Translatlantic Slave Trade. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series) called it, “Absolutely spellbinding... An unforgettable journey to be treasured and shared across generations.”
Major support and funding provided by the Carl E. Touhey Foundation.
Kwame Alexander On The Book About Slavery He Was ‘Called To Write’ Forbes, Sept. 27, 2022
Kwame Alexander’s New Book About Slavery Focuses on Africa, Not America, New York Times, Sept. 22, 2022
Q&A with Kwame Alexander, Publishers Weekly, Sept. 22, 2022
Kwame Alexander's new book about slavery is 'Door of No Return', NPR's Morning Edition with Rachel Martin
About Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and publisher whose other books include Swing, Becoming Muhammad Ali, co-authored with James Patterson, Rebound, which was shortlisted for prestigious UK Carnegie Medal. 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, 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" TV series on Disney+.
More praise for The Door of No Return