Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Reception with Kwame Alexander

Writers braved the rain October 8 for a special chat with Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander prior to his BookPeople event in celebration of his latest novel, SWING.

In a casual and candid conversation, Kwame talked about the 18 years it took for his “overnight” success and the 22 rejections he received on the CROSSOVER before it was published in 2014. The Crossover went on to win the 2015 Newbery Medal.

Kwame also discussed his new imprint, VERSIFY at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The imprints first books will launch in April 2019 and cover a broad range of children’s literature, from picture book through young adult. The imprint currently accepts both agented and unagented submissions through their website.

Austin SCBWI is very grateful to Kwame Alexander, Carmen Oliver and the Booking Biz and BookPeople for making this event possible.