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COMMUNITY Kent Schools Libraries host celebrated author

Cecil Giltz Published: April 2, 2003 12:00 AM

The Friends of Kent City Schools Libraries will host a community reception and book signing with Newbery Award winning author Christopher Paul Curtis from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the Theodore Roosevelt High School Library and Media Center in Kent. This event is free and open to the public.

Curtis first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963, received the 1996 Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Awards.

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It was also listed among New York Times Best 100 books of 1996, the only young adult novel on the list, and has won numerous state awards. His book tells the story of an African-American family journeying from Detroit to Birmingham, arriving in Alabama at the time of the bombing that killed four little girls.

His second book, Bud, Not Buddy, won both Newbery and the Coretta Scott King Awards, a first for an African American author.

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This book captured the spirit of the Great Depression from a unique African-American perspective.

Curtis is currently working on his third book.

During his time in Kent, Curtis will be spending the entire day in the Kent City Schools. Students across the district have been reading his novels in preparation for the visit.

The evening reception is the culmination of the Community Reads project sponsored by Friends of Kent City Schools Libraries.

For further information, contact Jan Wojnaroski at (330) 676-8732.

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