In partnership with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series, acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson will discuss her work, including Red at the Bone, as well as her National Book Award winning memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, and her newest book, Before the Ever After. Woodson, the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books which share the multitudes of Black life experiences, will be in conversation with Lisa Woolfork.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. Please note that this discussion will not be recorded and will only be available to view during the live event on Zoom and

This event will include live-captioning.

Thanks to our bookseller for this event, New Dominion Bookshop.

“A true spell of a book, Woodson is one of those rare writers who make you feel like you can do anything, should do anything. The story of family and young love are timeless human stories—but through Woodson’s sentences, [Red at the Bone] offers us new ways to think and embody our burning world and, perhaps most mercifully, permission to dream—and to change.” —Ocean Vuong, New York Times bestselling author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

“[Brown Girl Dreaming] is a book full of poems that cry out to be learned by heart. These are poems that will, for years to come, be stored in our bloodstream.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful and heart-wrenching story… Eloquent prose poetry creates a moving narrative that reveals the grief of a child trying to understand why his father has changed and why nothing can be done. An ardent account of the multitudes of losses experienced by those who suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy and its effects on their families, ZJ’s doleful tale unveils the intense nostalgia and hope one can feel despite realizing that sometimes what is lost can never be regained.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


Thanks to Dominion Energy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Wells-Fargo, and the Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library for their support of this program.

Dominion Energy
Community Partner

Thanks to our community partners for sharing information about this event: the Jefferson-Madison Regional Libraries, including the Bookmobile, Central, Crozet, Gordon Avenue, Greene County, Louisa County, Nelson County, Northside, and Scottsville.

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