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Author Jacqueline Woodson to talk

National Book Award winner, 2020 MacArthur Fellow and bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson will present an online craft talk and keynote speech March 10, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library.

Woodson, who also won the 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award, will speak as part of the library’s 2021 Reading Together program, which selected the author and her extensive body of work for this year’s community read, through which community members are invited to read the same literary works. Woodson has written more than 20 award-winning books for young adults and middle-graders and two adult novels, Harbor Me (2018) and Red at the Bone (2020).

Woodson will present her craft talk at 3 p.m. and give her keynote address, titled “The Power of Story,” at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom links. To get more information or register for the events, visit