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Jason Reynolds in conversation with Nic Stone

Jason Reynolds in conversation with Nic Stone

Decatur Library

October 10, 2019, 7:00

Jason 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 to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He won 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 (2016) and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018); As Brave As You (2016), winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award; and a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017). Reynolds returned to poetry with Long Way Down (2017), 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. In his latest, Look Both Ways: A Take Told in Ten Blocks, Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life. Jason will be joined in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone (Dear Martin, Odd One Out)! Doors open at 6:30. Though the event is free and open to the public, this will be ticketed. Click on the Eventbrite link here for your free ticket. Books will be available to purchase and have signed.