Author Talk with Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes 2017 Author Talk details

The Pollak Library is pleased to host this exciting children's author presentation under the sponsorship of the Donoghue Children's Literature Center.

About the Program

Join us for an afternoon of engaging discussion with award winning children’s book author, poet and teacher Nikki Grimes.

Visit the exhibit page, Author Nikki Grimes, for more information on the display. 

Poetry and Fiction: Cracking the Social Justice Nut

What is social justice, and how does it drive the poetry and fiction of Nikki Grimes? Exploring her body of work with a special emphasis on books like One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Bessie Coleman, and bestselling novel, Bronx Masquerade, Grimes whip-stitches poetry and fiction throughout her talk while discussing the threads of social justice that weave her literary works into a single tapestry, and why that theme is particularly pertinent today.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Location: Pollak Library, PLN-130
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Parking: $8.00 Day Pass (normal campus rules apply)

Light refreshments will be served.

Titan Bookstore will offer the following books for sale at this event:

  • One Last Word
  • Garvey's Choice
  • Words with Wings
  • Poems in the Attic
  • Bronx Masquerade

Nikki Grimes will be available for book signing following the presentation.

The Pollak Library cordially invites all Cal State Fullerton students, faculty, staff, emeriti and the public to enjoy an afternoon talk with the award-winning children’s book author, poet and teacher, Nikki Grimes. Refreshments and a book signing will follow Nikki’s talk!

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Grimes is also the recipient of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

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Location & Floor Map

This event is being held in room PLN-130 in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.