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COGNOTES
JUNE PREVIEW EDITION
WASHINGTON D.C.

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Jason Reynolds to Speak at Opening General Session

J

ason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry
for young adult and middle grade
audiences. Born in Washington, DC, and
raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap
and began writing poetry at nine years old.
He focused on poetry for approximately

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Jason Reynolds
Opening General Session
Friday 6/21, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Sponsored by
Dark Horse Comics
the last two decades, only reading a novel
cover-to-cover for the first time at age
17.  He went on to publish several poetry
collections before he published his first
novel, When I Was the Greatest.  He won
the About the Coretta Scott King - John
Steptoe Award for New Talent for this
first work of prose, and seven more novels
followed in the next four years, including Ghost and his New York Times bestselling Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and

Jason Reynolds (photo by Ben Fractenberg)

Lu).  As Brave as You won the Kirkus Prize for
Young Readers' Literature, an NAACP Image
Award for Outstanding Literary Work for
Youth/Teen, and the Schneider Family Book
Award.  He also wrote the  Marvel Comics
novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man.
Reynolds returned to poetry with  Long
Way Down, a novel in verse, which was named

a Newbery Honor book, a Printz Honor
Book, and best young adult work by the
Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards.
He has appeared on The Daily Show with
Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers,
and CBS This Morning. Find his ideas and
thoughts on JasonWritesBooks.com.
Get details and add to your schedule now.

ow Showing @ ALA offers 17
different films and documentaries, screened throughout
the day on Saturday, Sunday and
Monday, in the Washington Convention Center, room 209A-B
On Saturday, from 1:00 - 2:15
p.m., segments of the PBS documentary "American Creed" will be
screened, and filmmaker Sam Ball and
librarians who have hosted screenings
and film-related activities will be present. Attendees at the presentation will
receive a free DVD of the film for their
circulating collections.
Get the complete schedule here.

Nnedi Okorafor to Present at ALA President's Program

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nedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American author
of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and
magical realism for children and adults. Her
works include Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO for a TV series, the Binti novella
Nnedi Okorafor
ALA President's Program
Sunday 6/23, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Simon & Schuster
trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the Akata books, and
Lagoon. She has written comics for Marvel, including
Black Panther: Long Live the King; Wakanda Forever,
featuring the Dora Milaje; and the Shuri series. She
is currently creating and co-writing the adaptation of
Octavia Butler's Wild Seed with actress Viola Davis
and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu.
Her science fiction comic series LaGuardia, pub-

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lished by Dark Horse Comics, was released in late
2018 and her TED Books memoir, Broken Places &
Outer Spaces is scheduled for a June 2019 release. Her
debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious
Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and she
has won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus,
and Lodestar Awards.
The session will be moderated by Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books for Booklist. A recipient
of the Louis Shores Award for excellence in book
reviewing and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service
Award, Seaman has written for the Chicago Tribune,
Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A member
of the Content Leadership Team for the American
Writers Museum and a frequent presenter at various
literary events and programs, Seaman has collected her
author interviews in Writers on the Air. Her new book
is Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American
Women Artists.
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