Alexander to Debut Young Adult Novel


Known for his engaging children's books and a national youth publishing program, author Kwame Alexander will discuss his new Charleston-based teen novel during book release events at two Charleston County Public Library branches next week.

Alexander will explain how Charleston's teens and the local environment influenced his new novel, He Said She Said, on Wednesday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Charleston County Main Library and Thursday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Dorchester Road Regional Library. He will sign copies of his book after the programs.

He Said She Said is a love story that features humor, history, social issues and transformative experiences.

As a special treat during the November 20 book release party at the Main Library, photography taken by local teens who visited locations mentioned in Alexander's book will be displayed.

He Said She Said is Alexander's 15th book. Known for getting youth excited about literature, Alexander has turned more than 3,000 teens into authors through his Book-In-A-Day young publishers program.

"I've spent my career trying to help young readers understand that literature can be transformative, cool and powerful," said Alexander. "I want this toolkit to provide opportunities for literary experiences that young people can't resist."

Book Release Party and Photography Display (ages 12-17)
Wednesday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m.
Charleston County Main Library
68 Calhoun Street

Author Discussion and Book Signing (ages 12-17)
Thursday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Dorchester Road Regional Library
6325 Dorchester Road
North Charleston

Alexander will sign autographs following the discussion, and copies of He Said She Said will be available to purchase.

For more information, please contact Jamie Thomas, CCPL media contact at 843-364-2030.