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Author Visits at MUS: 2020-2021

Connecting students with great writers

Authors Who Have Visited MUS

October 2020: Jason Reynolds, author of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Meeting Jason Reynolds--For Real

I didn't know much about Jason before I heard him speak and then met him at a library conference in 2017. But I'll never forget having this photo made with him. Watch his Skype video and read at least one of his books, and THEN you'll know what I mean.

--Mrs. Barnes


January 2021: Owls Read Program: Ann Bausum

The Global Read Aloud 2020 Young Adult Selection

This year poses some challenges when it comes to author visits, but it also allows us to access a great talk from an author we've been wanting to bring to campus. This Skype in the Classroom session helps you learn who Jason is, why he wrote Stamped, and how you can make a difference here at MUS in combatting racism. The book is available in the library, and we'll be playing the audiobook version, with Jason reading his own work, during our October "After School Specials." Listen for announcements and join our Teams meetings starting Thursday afternoon, October 15.

April 2021: Jerry Mitchell, author of Race Against Time

Jerry Mitchell has helped to solve multiple civil rights crimes as an investigative reporter for the Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion Ledger. Our virtual visiting author for the fourth quarter, Mitchell recently founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. Mitchell has received a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” grant and more than 40 other national awards, including being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Students are encouraged to read his book, Race Against Time (2020), in conjunction with our X Block event on April 16. They can find the PDF of the first three chapters posted on the library resource board in OwlHub, or check out the print or digital version from the library. After his talk, the Hyde Library will serve cookies on the front porch and take orders for signed copies.