The multiple award-winning children's author introduces two authors and an illustrator and their new titles from his Versify imprint with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Please join us for a special discussion, led by Alexander, with Lori Mortensen and Chloe Bristol, author and illustrator of Nonsense!: the Curious Story of Edward Gorey, and Mintie Das, YA author of Brown Girl Ghosted, two new spring titles from Alexander's Versify imprint. Following the presentations, there will be audience Q&A.
Kwame Alexander is the bestselling author of 25 books, including Rebound, the critically acclaimed prequel to the 2015 Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover. His latest book, Undefeated, won the 2020 Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for illustrations by Kadir Nelson, and was also a 2020 Newbery Honor book. The recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, Alexander lives with his family in London.
Nonsense! is a beautifully illustrated and lyrical picture-book biography of eccentric and beloved writer and artist Edward Gorey. Lori Mortensen writes fiction and nonfiction on all sorts of subjects. When she's not plunking away at the keyboard, she enjoys making cheesy bread rolls, gardening, and hanging out with her family at their home in northern California. Chloe Bristol was born and raised in Texas and is an alumna of the Art Center College of Design. She is the illustrator of the Winterhouse series by Ben Guterson. Chloe draws and paints every day, and she is always thinking of new ideas to share with the world.
Brown Girl Ghosted takes place in Meadowdale, Illinois, where sixteen-year-old Violet deals with mean girls, racism, murder, and being spurred by immortal Lukas to accept being an Aiedeo, a hereditary warrior queen charged with protecting the world. Mintie Das was born in India, raised in Macomb, Illinois and now lives in Finland. She's been traveling the globe since childhood and always finds inspiration in the discovery of the unknown. Mintie spent twelve years organizing international events for governments around the world and the UN. Das's Storm Sisters: The Sinking World was translated into seven languages. Brown Girl Ghosted marks her US debut.
Versify is a new imprint curated by Kwame Alexander, full of innovative creators with fresh and varied voices. This Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint reflects Alexander’s vision that accessible and powerful prose and poetry—in picture books, novels, and nonfiction—can celebrate the lives and reflect the possibilities of all children. Seeking new authors and artists as well as established writers and illustrators, Versify publishes books that explore the beauty, hurdles, and hopefulness of life...books that will engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine and create a better world.