Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is proud to announce bestselling author and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson will present at the 17th annual Six Bridges Book Festival. The discussion is free and open to the public, but reservations are required at SixBridgesBookFestival.org.
Woodson will appear courtesy of the Festival’s first Book Club campaign. The campaign began as a way to help Book Clubs become more involved with the event, giving them a voice in the selection process. Book Club members and individuals who donated to the campaign were given a chance to vote on which author they would like to see.
“We’re thrilled so many folks donated to this campaign,” said Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy. “The Fest has tried to secure Woodson in other years, and the campaign really helped to make her upcoming visit a reality.”
The critically acclaimed author is known for stirring lectures that delve into the inspiration behind her books and explore important issues of race, gender, and bullying. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2015 and was also named the 2018 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.
Woodson’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, was the 2014 National Book Award Winner and a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. Her first adult novel in twenty years, New York Times bestselling novel Another Brooklyn was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist. In 2018, Woodson published Harbor Me, her first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming. Harbor Me and The Day You Begin, Woodson’s picture book that was published the same year, were both New York Times bestsellers. Her most recent book, Red at the Bone, released in September 2019, was an NAACP finalist for outstanding literary work in fiction.
The Book Club campaign was made possible by Susan Santa Cruz and Gael Sammartino, campaign chairs; Cheaper Than Therapy; No Name Book Club; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; Glitterature—for Jewelry Lovers; Montagne Court Page Turners; Third Tuesday; Third Thursday; Most Fabulous Book Club (MFBC) and Employee Giving; Laura Stanley; Bill & Cathy Spivey; Susan Conley; Kevin Jones; Jean Matchett; Brad Mooy; Lynn Parker; Carol Chappell; Judy Lansky; Mark Christ; Gina Kokes; Amy Bradley-Hole; Annick Dellman-Schafer; Mary Dillard; Jan Emberton; Audrey Evans; Sally Goss; Libby Grobmyer; Mary Cynthia Hess; Susan Johnson; Hallie Lindsey; Marilynn Porter; Susan Russell; Cathy Slater; Myrna Thomas; Linda VanBlaricom; Gladys Whitney; Susan Goldner; Donna Cavr; Bettina Brownstein; Dana Landrum; La Reina Fuentes; Andrea Bevernitz; Amber Davis; Jane Doty; Madelyn Ganos; Betsy Johnson; Tameka Lee; Cas Rifkin; Donna Sammons; and Lynna Schonert.