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MEDIA ADVISORY: Author Kwame Alexander to Visit Wilson Middle School to Discuss Newberry Medal Winning Novel “The Crossover”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Author Kwame Alexander to Visit Wilson Middle School to Discuss Newberry Medal Winning Novel “The Crossover”
Posted on 10/17/2019

San Diego Unified School District

MEDIA ADVISORY

October 17, 2019

Author Kwame Alexander to Visit Wilson Middle School to Discuss Newberry Medal Winning Novel “The Crossover”

The author is visiting San Diego as part of KPBS's “One Book, One San Diego,” an initiative to bring the community closer through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

WHAT: Award-winning author Kwame Alexander and musician Randy Preston will facilitate a Q&A and treat nearly 400 Wilson Middle School students to a signed copy and a live performance of the book, “The Crossover.” The novel is a coming-of-age novel written in a mix of free verse and hip-hop poetry. It tells the story of two basketball playing brothers and their family, and is aimed at getting reluctant readers reading. The author is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, and Three NAACP Image Award Nominations.,

WHEN: October 23, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

WHERE: Wilson Middle School, 3838 Orange Ave. San Diego, CA 92105

SPEAKERS: Kwame Alexander, Author “The Crossover”, Randy Preston, Musician

Details: Launched in 2007, One Book, One San Diego encourages everyone in San Diego and the Northern Baja region to read and discuss the same book. One book is selected for four separate categories of readers: adults, teens, kids and Spanish speakers. It is a partnership, led by KPBS, with the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego County Library, San Diego State University and more than 25 other organizations. The program is funded by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, the City of San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Lloyd Pest Control, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and the Payne Family Foundation.

VISUALS/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. One Book, One San Diego Presentation #1

11:10 - 12:00 p.m. One Book, One San Diego Presentation #2

12:05 - 12:10 p.m. 1:1 Speaker interview opportunity

*INTERVIEW MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE*

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Media Inquiries: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343,Imcneil@Sandi.net, Heather Milne Barger, KPBS, 619-594-4985, hmilne@kpbs.org