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Award winning children’s author Angela Johnson at IU Northwest April 4

Winner of three Coretta Scott King Awards will hold reading and conversation session

As a critically acclaimed author, Angela Johnson has been honored with several prestigious writing awards including the Coretta Scott King Award and the Michael Print Award for Young Adult Literature. The public is invited to hear a reading by Johnson, followed by a conversation period with the author on Tues. April 4, from 5:30- 7pm in the Savannah Center Auditorium, IU Northwest, Gary, IN. A reception and book signing will be held immediately following the session. This event is free and all are welcome.

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1961, Angela Johnson didn’t realize until her mid-20’s that her life’s passion was the written word; that storytelling- a talent passed down from her father and grandfather- was her call in life. But from even an early age, she felt compelled to put her feelings on paper, even if they weren’t always meant for others to see. "In high school I wrote punk poetry that went with my razor blade necklace. At that point in my life my writing was personal and angry. I didn't want anyone to like it. I didn't want to be in the school literary magazine, or to be praised for something that I really didn't want understood,” says Johnson. But soon, her teen angst turned into an adept penchant for writing stories that spoke to children and young people.

Several books, including The First Part Last, When I am old with you, Toning the sweep and A sweet smell of roses have garnered Johnson national awards and a 2003 MacArthur fellowship. Having worked with young children as a babysitter and with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker, Johnson holds readings and workshops all around the country for a variety of audiences including school children, authors, aspiring writers and teachers.

For more information, contact Mary Russell at 219-980-6575 or Lacey Finchum at 219-980-6680 or email



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