Kwame Alexander

presents

The Undefeated

joined by LAMAR GILES, RAÚL THE THIRD, and KIP WILSON 

This event includes a book signing

Date

Apr
2
Tuesday
April 2, 2019
7:30 PM
(Doors at 7:00)

Location

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$19.25 (includes The Undefeated) - On Sale Now $8.00 (general entrance) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes Newbery Medal–winning author KWAME ALEXANDER for a celebration of the launch of his new Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint, Versify, and the release of his new picture book The Undefeated.

He will be joined by Versify authors LAMAR GILES, RAÚL THE THIRD, and KIP WILSON, who will be presenting their respective new children's books The Last Last-Day-of-Summer¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market, and White Rose. The event will be a special 45-minute program focused on spreading the word about how books can empower young people to imagine and create a better world. It will be followed by audience Q&A and a signing with all four authors.

About Versify

Versify presents books to electrify, edify, and exemplify! Versify is a new imprint curated by Kwame Alexander that is full of innovative creators with fresh and varied voices. This Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint reflects Alexander’s vision that accessible and powerful prose and poetry—in picture books, novels, and nonfiction—can celebrate the lives and reflect the possibilities of all children. Seeking new authors and artists as well as established writers and illustrators, Versify publishes books that explore the beauty, hurdles, and hopefulness of life . . . books that will engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine and create a better world.

About Kwame Alexander's The Undefeated

The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

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.

Praise for The Undefeated

"[T]his magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans has been turned into a picture book with stunning portraits by Nelson . . . communicating clearly that when black lives matter, America is stronger." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Alexander's poetry possesses a straightforward, sophisticated, steady rhythm that, paired with Nelson's detail-oriented oil paintings, carries readers through generations. . . . An incredible connector text for young readers eager to graduate to weighty conversations about our yesterday, our now, and our tomorrow." —Kirkus, starred review

"A beautiful volume that encourages multiple viewings and further research. . . . With a lengthy roster of accolades and best-seller credits between them, this untouchable duo's book will fly off the shelf." —Booklist, starred review

Kip Wilson
Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson is the Poetry Editor of the Young Adult Review Network and has a Ph.D. in German Literature. In 2017, she won the PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, and her work has appeared in several children’s literary magazines.

Photo Credit: Rosanne Samson

Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including Swing, Solo, and Rebound, the critically acclaimed follow-up to the 2015 Newbery Medal-winning middle-grade 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 recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, Kwame lives with his family in Virginia.

Lamar Giles
Lamar Giles

Lamar Giles

Lamar Giles is an Edgar Award–nominated author and has published three young adult novels. He is the co-founder of #WeNeedDiverse books and has edited two #WNDB anthologies, including 2018's Fresh Ink.

Photo Credit: Adrienne Giles

Raúl the Third
Raúl the Third

Raúl the Third

Raúl the Third is the Pura Belpré Award–winning illustrator of the Lowriders in Space series by Cathy Camper. He is currently working on a YA graphic novel with David Bowles. He grew up between El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, México and now lives in Boston, MA with colorist Elaine Bay.

Photo Credit: Elaine Bay

Tickets are available online only at harvard.com and harvardbookstore.eventbrite.com. All tickets for this event include a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sale tickets include a copy of The Undefeated. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

 

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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