Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Jerry Craft: Class Act

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Jerry Craft
Class Act

Jerry Craft is an award-winning graphic novelist, children’s author, and cartoonist. He has written and illustrated several books, including Mama’s Boyz, which is the outgrowth of a prior comic strip call the Outside View and won the African American Literary Award. Craft's novel New Kid became the first graphic novel to receive the Newbery Medal; it also received five starred reviews and made the bestseller lists of the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Craft strives to write books that he wishes he had as a kid. He also co-produced the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. His latest book, Class Act, is the follow-up to New Kid and has been called by Kirkus Reviews “a well-crafted, visually rich, truth-telling tale for our troubled times that affirms the eternal importance of friends."

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Kim Parker is a teacher developer, literacy organizer, and writer. Prior to this, she was a high school English teacher and instructor in the Boston area. Parker is also the co-founder of #disrupttexts and #31DaysBIPOC, as part of her deep commitment to the success of underrepresented and misunderstood young people of color.


Jerry Craft stormed the children’s literature scene in a big way in 2019 with New Kid, which won the 2020 Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Kirkus Prize and also became the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal. Now Craft is back with a companion novel, Class Act, about trying to build and maintain friendships while coping with being one of the few kids of color at a prestigious private school. In its starred review, Kirkus calls Class Act “a well-Crafted, visually rich, truth-telling tale for our troubled times.” We are pleased to welcome Jerry Craft as a headlining presenter at this year’s BBF and as a special guest at Boston English High School as part of our Shelf Help partnership. In this session, Craft will introduce attendees to the characters and environment he’s created, offer a glimpse at his creative process, and chat with literacy organizer Kim Parker. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author! Sponsored by Simmons University. Donations received in conjunction with this session will support the library collection at Boston English HS.

Ages 9+