An award-winning author is visiting Sherwood next month, and the public is invited to hear her speak, all free of charge.
RenÉe Watson, who is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of honors including the John Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award, will speak at the Sherwood Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Watson is a native of Portland, although she now lives in New York City.
Her books include "Piecing Me Together," a critically acclaimed young adult novel about a black teen striving to escape both her impoverished neighborhood and the stereotypes and prejudices of her mostly white classmates; and "Betty Before X," co-authored with Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and his wife, civil rights activist Betty Shabazz, whose life prior to meeting Malcolm X is the subject of the book.
Watson is also a poet and educator, as well as an activist in her own right, notes Sherwood Public Library manager Adrienne Doman Calkins.
"Her poetry and fiction often centers on the lived experiences of black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class and gender," Calkins added.
The author visit is organized by the Sherwood Public Library, which frequently partners with the nearby Sherwood Center for the Arts for events.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend.
The Sherwood Center for the Arts is located in Old Town Sherwood at 22689 S.W. Pine St.
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