Author Jewell Parker Rhodes!
Meet Author Jewell Parker Rhodes during our regularly scheduled grown-up book club!
Our grown-up book club will be reading the New York Times best-selling novel for young teens, Ghost Boys and sponsoring this event for the public to attend. (You may also join our grown-up book club this evening if you'd like!) Every book Ms. Rhodes has written is outstanding and we are especially in love with this story at The Reading Bug.
Refreshments will be served. Discussion with Jewell Parker Rhodes followed by book signing.
GROWN-UPS ONLY please.
This is a FREE event, but please grab a ticket through Eventbrite so we have attendance numbers for our refreshments.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jewell Parker Rhodes has always loved reading and writing stories. Born and raised in Manchester, a largely African-American neighborhood on the North Side of Pittsburgh, she was a voracious reader as a child. She began college as a dance major, but when she discovered there were novels by African Americans, for African Americans, she knew she wanted to be an author. She wrote six novels for adults, two writing guides, and a memoir, but writing for children remained her dream.
Now Jewell has published five children’s books: the Louisiana Girls Trilogy of Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic; Towers Falling; and most recently the New York Times bestseller and #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick Ghost Boys. When she’s not writing, she’s visiting schools to talk about her books with the kids who read them, or teaching writing at Arizona State University, where she is the Piper Endowed Chair and Founding Artistic Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Jewell has received numerous honors including: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today Show Al’s Book Club for Kids Selection. Her work has been published in China, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey and the United Kingdom, and reproduced in audio for NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Her adult fiction books include: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, Season, Moon, Hurricane. Her nonfiction books include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors, The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction and Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness.
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