Readers who are looking forward to hearing award-winning author Jason Reynolds speak in the Quad Cities can learn more about his work in advance on March 19.

Readers who are looking forward to hearing award-winning author Jason Reynolds speak in the Quad Cities can learn more about his work in advance on March 19.

“Whether you want to know where to start reading, or you want to discuss one of his books you’ve already read, we can help,” says Emily Tobin, a Young Adult Librarian at Rock Island Public Library.
Tobin will host an informal talk about Jason Reynolds’ books at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 19, at Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th Street. Guests can purchase a coffee or beverage and learn a little about Reynolds’ books or share thoughts about ones they’ve already read. Unlike a book club, no advance reading is required.

Reynolds writes books for middle-grade, high school and adult audiences. His works include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You, For Every One, Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He is also a New York Times bestselling author, and has earned acclaim as a National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

The award-winning writer is visiting the Quad Cities for three public presentations and book signings hosted by the Davenport and Rock Island Public Libraries. Reynolds will speak in person on Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 pm at the Davenport Public Library Main Branch, and again on Friday, March 29 at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm in the Rock Island High School Auditorium. The Rock Island Public Library and Rock Island High School are working together to host Reynolds. To RSVP for the public seats at the March 29 event, contact Rock Island Public Library at 309-732-READ or www.rockislandlibrary.org.

Rock Island presentations were also made possible by support from Rock Island Public Library Foundation, Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation PRIME grant, The Sedona Group, Rock Island Community Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Rock Island and Junior Board of Rock Island.
For more information about these visits, and associated events, visit www.DavenportLibrary.com or www.rockislandlibrary.org, or call Davenport Library at 563-326-7832 or the Rock Island Library at 309-732-READ.

 

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.