September 15 | 1p.m. ET 

Join us Tuesday, September 15 at 1PM EST as we sit down with superstar author, speaker, and 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds. A fresh voice in middle-grade and young adult literature, Jason will share his experiences as Ambassador and talk about the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of his high school hit, Long Way Down. Perfect for class watch parties, you don't want to miss this conversation with Jason Reynolds hosted by Newbery Award Winner Meg Medina, author of Merci Suárez Changes Gears.

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Perfect for librarians, educators, students, and parents, but all are welcome. NOTE: Attendance is capped at 1,000 so register early. For watch parties, consider screen-sharing a single registration to ensure all are able to attend.

Warning: Long Way Down contains strong language and sensitive content related to gun violence. 

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Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is the 2020-2021 Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the author of Long Way Down, for which he earned a 2020 Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Honor, Michael J. Printz Honor, the Walter Dean Myers Award and more. He is also author of the Coretta Scott King Honor books The Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); As Brave As You, his middle grade debut; and National Book Award finalist Ghost, the first in a four-book series about kids on an elite track team.

Meg Medina
Candlewick Press

Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which was a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist. She is also the author of award-winning YA novels and the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Award Honor Book, and Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Rhonda Mihalic
JLG Director of Marketing
Junior Library Guild

Rhonda Mihalic is the Director of Marketing at Junior Library Guild. She's a writer by trade and a reader by heart. With extensive experience in education marketing, content development and communications, Rhonda enjoys staying on top of trends and tactics in the world of life-long learning. Working with school and public librarians is her bookworm dream come true!

September 15, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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