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Thursday, August 10 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Creating Stories Black Boys Read: A Conversation with Jason Reynolds

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Young black males think the world of books is not for them. It is crucial to get our young males reading.   Jason Reynold is doing just that.  He is crazy about cool real life stories and he has promised not to write boring books.   Here's what I know says Jason “I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading.  I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, they hate boredom.”   It is not surprising that main characters in his books are young black males.  Using some of his own personal experiences, he wants to tell stories about people, families and neighborhoods that not everyone knows, or even considers. Jason Reynolds reveals his personal journey from poet to novelist.  He also tells us about his inspiration and desire to write books that reflect young black lives.  

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Jason Reynolds

YA Author
Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. He is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ballroom II (Grand Hyatt Buckhead)