Archive for the ‘The Rock and the River’ Category

The Author’s Life Cycle

For a conference last year I developed a presentation about my experience as a debut author. I call it “My Journey with The Rock and the River,” and it’s all about the phenomenon I’ve dubbed The Author’s Life Cycle. The… Read the rest

On Violence and Racism, Then and Now

I’ve just been reminded of this video interview that I did for Zetta Elliott more than a year ago, after a panel at the New York Public Library. This is one of my favorite videos to date of me talking… Read the rest

The BIG 3-0!

I just posted this on Chicks Rock!, but want folks to see it here, too: Well, as of this weekend I’ve officially crossed the threshold from 20s into 30s! I always planned to throw a big party for myself on… Read the rest

The Brown Bookshelf: 28 Days Later

I am featured on The Brown Bookshelf today as part of their 28 Days Later campaign, an annual tribute to African American authors and illustrators. Author Kelly Starling Lyons interviewed me on such compelling topics as The Rock and the… Read the rest

Drumroll Please….

I woke up this morning to a call from my favorite editor (@EditorK) informing me that The Rock and the River and I have won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. This is a huge honor in… Read the rest

NAACP Image Awards

I always get good news when I’m in the library. When I saw my book cover for the first time, I was in the library. When I heard I was getting a NYTimes Book Review, I had just come from… Read the rest

ALA Adventures and Free Book Giveaway!!!

Hello, friends. I’m having a magically fun adventure at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago this week. I’ve strolled the conference floor for hours, picking up books an information and talking to people. I’ve met tons of cool… Read the rest

Review at Color Online

Susan at ColorOnline has posted a discussion of some of her favorite books of the year so far, including The Rock and the River! She gives it a nice review, too. Yay! Susan also lists and reviews some other great… Read the rest

Spicy Reads Review

An awesome new review of The Rock and the River is up at My Road Trip ( The reviewer, Ed Spicer, put in some great reflections about how the book affected him and sparked memories of his own experiences in… Read the rest

CCBC Book Discussion – June 24

For anyone in the Madison, Wisconsin area: The Rock and the River will be discussed as part of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s June Book Discussion at UW-Madison. Follow this link for more details. If you’re in the area, it… Read the rest