Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston

We are thrilled to welcome Newberry award-winning author Kwame Alexander and musician Randy Preston for a special performance celebrating the paperback release of BOOKED and THE CROSSOVER as well as the release of Alexander's new picture book THE UNDEFEATED. 

One book purchase required per family to attend and meet Kwame & Randy. Tickets available here.

Children under 10 are welcome to join their adult with a specially priced $5 ticket. Proceeds from sale of children's tickets will go directly toward donation of books to communities in need. Tickets available here.

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including SWING, SOLO, and REBOUND, the follow-up to his, Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Some of his other works include BOOKED, a NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Nominee, THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE, and the picture books, OUT OF WONDER, SURF'S UP, and THE UNDEFEATED. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch, the co-founding director of LEAP for Ghana initiative, that recently built a health clinic and library in the village of Konko and the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
3019 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008