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Getting Ready to Spring Ahead

Thank you to all who attended (physically or virtually) the second annual African American Read-In.  We had a great turn out and some fabulous readers, including the kindergarten class at the UT Early Learning Center, many current students & professors, as well as alumni.  Thank you for taking time to honor African American authors.


We're looking ahead to two exciting upcoming events at the Center.  First up is the SEYA (South East Young Adult) Bookfest in Murfresboro, TN.  This one-of-a-kind event is catering to young adult readers on Friday, March 11th by providing roundtable and workshop style author engagements.  Students will be able to connect and interact with authors such as Lauren Oliver, David Arnold, and Julie Murphy.  On Saturday, March 12th, the event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.  Fans of YA can discuss writing and books with the authors as well as participate in books signing events.  For more information on the SEYA Bookfest, visit the festival webpage.  

The second event will be part of our Meet the YA Author Series.  On April 4th, the Center will welcome Newbery and, most recently, Coretta Scott-King Award winning author, Rita Williams-Garcia.  She will be reading and discussing her newest installment of the Gaither sisters series which began in One Crazy Summer, followed by P.S. Be Eleven, and currently, Gone Crazy in Alabama.  The series follows three sisters as the travel from Brooklyn to visit their mother in Oakland during the summer of 1968, their return to Brooklyn, and finally a visit to Alabama.  Along the way they learn about their mother, each other, and what it means to be family (and a little about the Black Panthers, too)!  Rita Williams-Garcia continues to break ground in the field of young adult literature.  Ms. Williams-Garcia will be presenting at the Alumni Memorial Building Room 32 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.