Bestselling Authors Visit Champaign Library: Anthony Marra, Javaka Steptoe

WE ARE THRILLED to present two bestselling authors during one festive weekend:

Anthony Marra and books

An Evening with Anthony Marra
FRI Sep. 22 • 6:30 pm

Anthony Marra is the bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and The Tsar of Love and Techno.  Marra will read from both of his books and share his insights on writing. A book signing will follow. Presented in partnership with The Pygmalion Festival. Sign up at Eventbrite.


Javaka Steptoe and books

Young Artists Workshop with Javaka Steptoe
SUN Sep. 24 • 11-12:30 pm

2017 Caldecott Medal winner  Javaka Steptoe leads a collage workshop for kids in grades 2–5. Limit 35 participants. Reserve your spot!

An Afternoon with Javaka Steptoe
SUN Sep. 24 • 2 pm

Javaka Steptoe is the bestselling author of Radiant Child: The Story of the Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal, the highest honor for children’s picture books.  He will talk about Radiant Child. A book signing will follow.  Presented in partnership with The Pygmalion Festival. Doors open at 1:30 pm for refreshments and book sales.


2017 Great Authors at the Library:

• Jan 23 •  David Sheff
• Apr 12 • Peter McCarty
• May 4 • Terry McMillan
• May 6 • Damian Duffy
• July 11 • Phil Plait
• Sep 22 • An Evening with Anthony Marra, 6:30 pm
• Sep 24  An Afternoon with Javaka Steptoe, 2 pm
• Nov 6, An Evening with  Gregory Maguire, 7 pm
• Nov 16,  An Evening with Jamie Ford, 7 pm
• and Apr 11, 2018, An Evening with  Nikki Grimes, 7 pm

Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

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