Jacqueline Woodson: Remember Us
Jacqueline Woodson
Mitchell S Jackson

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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming, returns to Changing Hands with her latest, Remember Us, a powerful story for upper middle-grade readers that delves deeply into life’s burning questions about time and memory—and what we take with us into the future. Jacqueline will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson. You don't want to miss it!

Inspired by Jacqueline’s own childhood in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood—dubbed “The Matchbox” by the local papers because of the arson fires that consumed it during the ’70s and ’80s—Remember Us is the transcendent story of a coming-of-age summer in young Sage’s life. It’s the summer when Sage is trying to figure out her place in the world of boys and girls, since she’s the only girl who spends her time shooting hoops with the guys. And it’s the summer of Freddy, the new kid with a philosophic outlook on life, the only person Sage feels truly “gets” her. Together, the friends reckon with the pain of missing the things left behind as time moves on, savor what’s good in the present, and buoy each other up in the face of an uncertain future.

Jacqueline Woodson received a 2023 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her NY Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. Her dozens of books for young readers include Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award winner Before the Ever AfterNY Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

Mitchell S. Jackson is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and the 2021 National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. His debut novel The Residue Years won a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. His essay collection Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family was named a best book of 2019 by fifteen publications. Jackson is also the author of Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion, described by the New York Times as “a coffee-table book that elevates the subject to the same decorative status as a Dior or Gucci monograph.” Jackson’s other honors include fellowships, grants, and awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, the Cullman Center of the NYPL, the Lannan Foundation, PEN, and TED. His writing has been featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book ReviewTimeEsquire, and Men’s Health, as well as in The New Yorker, Harpers, Harper’s Bazaar, The Paris Review, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Jackson is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Esquire. He holds the John O. Whiteman Dean’s Distinguished Professorship in the English Department of Arizona State University.