‘Crossover’ author to sign books at Hammond library _lowres

Kwame Alexander

Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander will speak and sign books at the Hammond Branch of Tangipahoa Parish Library, 314 E. Thomas St., at 7 p.m. Dec. 29.

The program is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

“Kwame’s contribution to children’s literature has been monumental. Because he uniquely uses poetry verse instead of prose to convey the story in his popular children’s novel, ‘The Crossover,’ young readers may find it more relatable, like a modern-day rap or poem,” Library Director Barry Bradford said.

Alexander is a poet, educator, New York Times bestselling author of 21 books and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for “Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature” and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his novel “The Crossover,” a news release said.

Call Community Relations Coordinator Katie Moore at (985) 748-7559, ext. 203, email kmoore@tangilibrary.com or visit tangilibrary.com for information.