Newbery Award-winning Author Kwame Alexander Coming to Our Local Library

Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander will be coming to the Hammond branch library on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7 pm for a free program that is open to the public. Kwame will be speaking and signing books at the Hammond Branch located at 314 East Thomas Street in Hammond. An hour before the event, Books-A-Million of Hammond will be selling books for anyone who would like to purchase them before and will stay until after the program.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for the “Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature” and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his novel, The Crossover.

“We are honored to have the current Newberry medalist coming to our library,” said Library Director Barry Bradford. “Kwame’s contribution to children’s literature has been monumental. Because he uniquely uses poetry verse instead of prose to convey the story in his popular children’s novel, The Crossover, young readers may find it more relatable, like a modern-day rap or poem.”

The founder of two organizations, Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana, he regularly travels the world as a literacy advocate and expert. Kwame has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and TV (TLC’s “Hip Hop Harry”), recorded a CD, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show, and taught high school English. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. For information about Kwame, please visit his website at

This program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program.

For more information, contact Katie Moore, Community Relations Coordinator, at 985-748-7559 x 203 or or visit or the Tangipahoa Parish Library’s Event page.


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