This spring, Queens Library hosted several children’s and YA authors to talk about their books and how they became writers. These author talks were part of the South Jamaica Reads program and were made possible through generous funding from The Pinkerton Foundation.
Author Rita Williams Garcia
“Don’t be afraid to dream and pursue it. Bit by bit. That’s what I did. Word by word. Sentence by sentence.”
“There’s nothing that replaces having a neighborhood library. It tells you that literacy belongs to you, that it’s not something you have to travel on a bus, travel far to get to – that it’s in your neighborhood. It’s meant for you and you can be a part of it.”
Author Jason Reynolds
“Reading is a way of sharing secrets. There’s a witnessing that happens. You are bearing witness to the protagonist. There are a lot of secrets that we share between the pages.”
“When I read a book about triumph and diligence and persistence all it does is remind me of my own capabilities.”