Jacaranda Books and Andersen Press will join forces to host an author reading event with Kwame Alexander, as part of Black History Month celebrations.
Alexander will read from his biographical novel, Becoming Muhammad Ali, which is published by Jacaranda later this month, in addition to excerpts from The Undefeated, released in paperback earlier this year by Andersen Press.
The Black History Month Special: Live Reading with Kwame Alexander takes place on October 30th and 6pm via Zoom. Inclusive children's bookshop Round Table is the event's independent retail partner.
Becoming Muhammad Ali, co-written with James Patterson and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile, combines prose and verse to tell the story of Ali as a child, up to the age of 17. The synopsis states: "Extensively researched, it provides a new perspective of the life of the boxing legend, showing Ali as a young boy, known then as Cassius Clay, growing up among his friends and family life, and the challenges, life lessons, and experiences that helped shaped him into the one of the world’s greatest sporting heroes."
The Undefeated is related in verse and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Celebrating historical figures including Zora Neale Hurst, Phillis Wheatley, Martin Luther King Junior, Lebron James, Serena Williams and more, it pays homage to the spirit and survival of black people from the transatlantic slave trade through the Civil Rights Movement to the present day. It recently won the Kate Greenaway Shadowers’ Choice Award and is the winner of the Caldecott Medal for 2020.
Jazzmine Breary, sales, marketing and publicity manager at Jacaranda Books, said: "Kwame Alexander’s work aims to educate and inspire by celebrating Black people across history, something greatly needed by our young people this year. We are glad to be working with Kwame and Andersen Press to round off Black History Month with readings from these two incredible works for the whole family to enjoy during this half term break."