The 39th Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture featuring Jacqueline Woodson was held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Northview Middle School auditorium.

Books by Jacqueline Woodson


Interview with Khaled Hosseini

Best-selling author Khaled Hosseini was the featured speaker at the 38th Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture presented by The Indianapolis Public Library at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on March 6, 2015. The series is made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

About Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson began to consider becoming a writer when she was chosen to be the literary editor of a magazine in the fifth grade. Her stories feature characters from a variety of races, ethnicities, and social classes. Woodson's books also feature strong female characters and she often writes about friendship between girls.

She is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults, including From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun (1995), which was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won a Jane Addams Children's Book Award; Miracle's Boys (2000), which won the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Hush (2002), a National Book Award finalist; Locomotion (2003), also a National Book Award finalist; Coming on Home Soon (2004), a Caldecott Honor Book and a Booklist Editors' Choice; and Behind You (2004), included in the New York Public Library's list of best Books of the Teen Age.

Three of Woodson's books have been named Newbery Honor Books: Show Way (2005), Feathers (2007), and After Tupac & D Foster (2008). Her recent books include the young adult novel Beneath a Meth Moon (2012) and Brown Girl Dreaming (2014), a novel in verse about Woodson's family and segregation in the South, which won a National Book Award and was named a Newbery Honor Book. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Woodson described how she wrote Brown Girl Dreaming: "As I interviewed relatives in both Ohio and Greenville, S.C., I began to piece together the story of my mother's life, my grandparents' lives and the lives of cousins, aunts and uncles. These stories, and the stories I had heard throughout my childhood, were told with the hope that I would carry on this family history and American history, so that those coming after me could walk through the world as armed as I am." Woodson is also the Young People's Poet Laureate.

Woodson was awarded a Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a St. Katharine Drexel Award, and an Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature. Jonathan Demme is adapting Beneath a Meth Moon for the screen.

Born in Ohio, Woodson was raised in Greenville, South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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