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I think Jacqueline Woodson has won every award she could possibly be nominated for. (At the very least, she’s won most.) A poet and prose writer of books for children, young adults, and grownups, Woodson’s work is marked by persistent, purposeful empathy. Her National Book Award-winning memoir-in-poems, Brown Girl Dreaming, as well as her recent novel for adults, Another Brooklyn, are perfect distillations of her vision: generous, lyrical, clear-eyed. Brooklyn has not seen a...
There’s no better time to be a book nerd in Brooklyn than September, when the annual blockbuster Brooklyn Book Festival takes over town. With a week’s worth of offsite “Bookend” events and a full day of free panels, readings, discussions, as well as a bustling book fair, if anything there is too much to take in. Let us guide you through the busy, and sometimes bewildering, field of parties and panels. Secure your bookmarks...
The first book I saw myself in was Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly. I’d sit and relax into her words, breathing them in, over and over again, letting them heal the parts of me I didn’t know needed healing. As a curious thirteen-year-old, Woodson’s beautifully crafted and heart-wrenchingly honest work made me trust that there would be more words, more books, that would help guide me. Through what? I wasn’t sure. Over a decade...
Jacqueline Woodson lives in a beautiful house on a beautiful block in Park Slope. She has a big, shaggy dog, Toffee, and a bright kitchen that opens onto a deck and backyard. There are books everywhere, of course: Jennifer Mathieu’s The Truth About Alice, Anya Ulinich’s Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen. On the couch there is an embroidered pillow bearing the face of a young, Jackson 5-era Michael Jackson. On the walls,...

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