U.S. Book Show Welcomes Jacqueline Woodson for Keynote

Jacqueline Woodson, credit: Jireh Deng

NEW YORK—April 11, 2023—National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson will present the lunchtime keynote address at the U.S. Book Show. The in-person talk will focus on Woodson’s forthcoming book for middle-grade readers, Remember Us (Nancy Paulsen Books, Oct.). The daylong children’s books program, taking place at NYU’s Kimmel Center on May 24, 2023, will also be livestreamed.

Named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2023 and a MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient in 2020, Jacqueline Woodson, pictured here, has earned accolades for her children’s, YA and adult books, most recently the 2023 E.B. White Award for achievement in children’s literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2014, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and Sibert Honor.

Woodson is a former Young People’s Poet Laureate (2015–2017), National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2018) and winner of an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens for Before the Ever After (2020). In 2018, she also received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which honors international children’s literature. The acclaimed Miracle’s Boys was made into a TV miniseries directed by Spike Lee, LeVar Burton and others.

The children’s books day opens with a previously announced keynote by Meg Medina, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and Newbery medalist whose middle-grade books dive into Cuban American and Latino culture. Her forthcoming book is Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass: The Graphic Novel (Candlewick, Sept.).

Highly anticipated “Children’s Big Books” of the fall will be discussed at a morning panel. Participating authors include Candice Iloh, author of Salt the Water (Dutton Books for Young Readers, Oct.); Melissa de la Cruz, author of The (Super Secret) Society of Octagon Valley (Hyperion, Sept.); Karen McManus, author of One of Us Is Back (Random House Children’s Books, July); and Peter H. Reynolds, author of All We Need Is Love and a Really Soft Pillow! (Orchard/Scholastic, Sept.).

“In Conversation” half-hour one-on-ones take place in the afternoon with author Wade Hudson and illustrator E.B. Lewis, who will discuss Invincible: Fathers and Mothers of Black America (Calkins Creek/Astra Books for Young Readers, Sept.); the father-daughter duo Kenny Curtis and Jillian Hughes on their official podcast tie-in Greeking Out: Epic Retellings of Classic Greek Myths (National Geographic Kids, Sept.); and Ryan La Sala discussing Beholder (Scholastic, Sept.).

See the full schedule here.

Registration is open for the U.S. Book Show; early-bird rates are now in effect. Members of the media may apply for complimentary in-person and/or virtual press passes on the press page.

High-res headshots of the author and high-res logos are available in Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/d1k0eon37exm44qcuynzb/h?dl=0&rlkey=1yjtrgzb9qztvskdno1elys90

For more information, contact Christi Cassidy, +1-917-217-4269, ccassidy@publishersweekly.com.

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