True Lit Featured Speakers


Kwame Alexander 

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life; the picture books, Surf’s Up, Animal Ark and Out of Wonder, and the novels, Solo and Booked.

A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of several awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, three NAACP Image Award Nominations, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. 

Alexander will speak at Fayetteville Public Library Tuesday, October 30, at 7pm. In partnership with the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation’s Blair Author and Lecture Series, Mr. Alexander will also present to students at Fayetteville High School, as well as discuss his book The Crossover with junior high students through a grant from Tyson Foods.


Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman wrote his first book at age 14 and since then has written more than 85 middle grade and teen novels including New York Times bestsellers Ungifted, Supergifted, Pop, and Schooled. He is also the author of Masterminds and Masterminds: Criminal Destiny. His books have been translated into 32 languages and have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

Korman will teach a writing workshop called Crafting the Adventure Scene at the Fayetteville Public Library Sunday, October 28, at 2pm. In this hands-on workshop, participants will structure the different elements that come together to create exciting and suspenseful adventure scenes. This workshop is free to the public, but registration is required.

Books will be available to purchase and a book signing will follow the workshop at 3pm. Korman will also speak at Fayetteville High School as part of the Young Author Series.


Marlon James

Born in Kingston, James is the first Jamaican writer to win the prestigious U.K. literary award, the Man Booker Prize. The prize recognized his 2014 novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which also won the 2015 American Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His prior two novels, John Crow’s Devil and The Book of Night Women were also published to acclaim. James will present a free reading of his work at 7pm on Friday, November 2, at the Fayetteville Public Library. A book signing will follow.