Congratulations to Jerry Craft, above, who won one of the three 2019 Kirkus Prizes for literature alongside Colson Whitehead and Saeed Jones on Thursday night. Gordon will welcome Craft to campus in December for workshops and a signing in conjunction with the annual GCA Book Fair.
He won in the young readers' category for his middle grade book New Kid, which was a Gordon faculty summer reading selection and was read this fall by Gordon's Parents of Students of Color group. The judges praised the graphic novel as the story of "...an African American child leaving his neighborhood to start seventh grade in a predominantly white private school... It could only be written by someone who himself has responded to microaggressions and successfully navigated power structures.”
Jerry Craft, center, with the finalists in the young readers' category, including Kwame Alexander, who was part of Gordon's Book Fair last year as the 2018 Karla Harry Visiting Author.
Craft will be at Gordon on December 5th and 6th, working with students and faculty, and will be signing New Kid at Gordon's GCA Book Fair on the 5th, 3:20 to 5pm. The Book Fair is free and open to the public.
Author Monica Brown will also be on campus that week, as the 2019 Karla Harry Visiting Author, and will be signing books at the Book Fair on the 4th and 5th from 3:20 to 5pm.
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