These Three Words

7-8 p.m. | October 30, 2019 | Chris Knutzen Hall, Anderson University Center

Jason Reynolds will discuss the three words he keeps at the forefront of his mind when writing stories for young people. They serve as his compass to ensure the stories connect and feel like true representations of young life, leading to a more engaged reading.

About the speaker

Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17.

His books have received numerous awards including but not limited to:  Coretta Scott King for Ghost (2016), Schneider Family Award (2017) for As Brave as You, Printz Honor and Newbery Honor (2017) for Long Way Down. His latest book, Look Both Ways, will be released October 2019.

Reynolds say, “Here’s what I know: 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. If you are reading this, and you happen to be one of these boys, first of all, you’re reading this so my master plan is already working (muahahahahahaha) and second of all, know that I feel you. I REALLY do. Because even though I’m a writer, I hate reading boring books too.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is used for planning purposes.

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