Same Page 2020

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

Same Page provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book with their community by an author appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book.

JMRL invites everyone in Central Virginia to read Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming and discuss her lyrical memoir of growing up a Black girl in South Carolina and New York in the 1960s and 70s.

Check out the book, get a kit for your book club and meet your neighbors at the exciting programs all throughout March, including two chances to meet the author: Wednesday, March 18 at 6pm at PVCC's Dickinson Theater (free, no registration required), and Thursday, March 19 at 11:45am at the Virginia Festival of the Book (tickets required).

Same Page is generously funded by the Friends of JMRL.

Have questions? Want to host an event? Please email the Same Page team at JMRL.

About the Book

Book Discussion Guide | Related Reading

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

"Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery." --The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone, is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2016 New York Times-bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her New York Times-bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and the recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York. -- Virginia Festival of the Book

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