Events

November 10, 2020, 7:00pm

Race, Empowerment and Experience - A Virtual Author Visit with Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson

Libraries are places of engagement, a platform for all to come together. In 2020, the Libraries of Union County Consortium will sponsor a series of virtual visits to explore the subject of Race, Empowerment and Experience. Starting off this series, we will be joined by two prolific, award-winning authors and publishers: co-founders of Just Us Books, Inc., Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson, to share their experience and talk about their most recent project: co-editing the collection "The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love and Truth."

CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON is an author, editor and publisher of children's books. She is co-founder and editorial director of Just Us Books, Inc., an independent company that focuses on Black interest books for children and young adults. Cheryl has authored over two dozen books for young children including Brave. Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World; Bright Eyes, Brown Skin, (with Bernette Ford) AFRO-BETS ABC Book, Good Morning, Baby, Glo Goes Shopping, From Where I Stand and Clothes I Love to Wear (Marimba Books); Hands Can and Construction Zone (Candlewick Press). Visit her online at cherylwillishudson.com.

WADE HUDSON is an author and publisher. He is also president and CEO of Just Us Books, Inc., Among his 30 published books for children and young adults are Book of Black Heroes from A to Z, Jamal's Busy Day, Pass It On: African American Poetry for Children, Powerful Words: More Than Two Hundred Years of Extraordinary Writing by African Americans, It's Church Going Time, Feelings I Love to Share and Friends I Love to Meet. His website is http://wadehudson-authorpublisher.com.

The Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC) promotes cooperative library activities among its members so that a higher quality of library services for residents within Union County can be provided, and to provide informational, recreational and educational programs at the local and county levels.

November 17, 2020, 7:00pm

Race, Empowerment and Experience - A Virtual Author Visit with Derrick Barnes

Libraries are places of engagement, a platform for all to come together. In 2020, the Libraries of Union County Consortium will sponsor a series of virtual visits to explore the subject of Race, Empowerment and Experience. Continuing this series, we will be joined by a prolific, award-winning author Derrick Barnes. Mr. Barnes will share his experience and talk about his work, including his most recent book "I Am Every Good Thing."

DERRICK BARNES is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. After graduation, he became the first African American male creative copywriter in the history of Hallmark Cards. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which won a multitude of literary awards, including two 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Awards, the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newbery Honor, and the Caldecott Honor, and the Kirkus Prize For Young Readers.) His follow up to CROWN, entitled The King of Kindergarten, published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin in July 2019, debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers List. On September 1, 2020, Derrick's 12th trade title, I AM EVERY GOOD THING, was released, and debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Derrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their four sons, THE MIGHTY BARNES BROTHERS: Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi (Nom-dee). More information is available at www.derrickdbarnes.com.

The Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC) promotes cooperative library activities among its members so that a higher quality of library services for residents within Union County can be provided, and to provide informational, recreational and educational programs at the local and county levels.