PRESS RELEASE: Jason Reynolds

October 28, 2021


The National Writers Series Hosts Jason Reynolds, 
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature,
on November 4th 

At this moment, and in our community, actually talking about race is one of the most important things we can learn to do. On November 4, Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is bringing the conversation to all of us in northern Michigan in a special virtual event.

Reynolds is one of the true superstars of Young Adult literature. He’s the author of bestselling books like Ghost, Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down. He’s also a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

He’ll be discussing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. It’s a reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, which reveals the history of racist ideas in America while also inspiring hope for an antiracist future.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative, Reynolds shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on how readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Our guest host for this event will be Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She is the author of five books, including The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery and That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World.

Our sponsors and community partners for this event are the Traverse Area District Library, Northern E3, and the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. This virtual event will take place over Zoom and attendees will be sent a link at registration.

Jason Reynolds joins the National Writers Series on November 4th at 7 p.m. ET. Virtual/livestream tickets are available at the National Writers Series website

About the National Writers Series

The National Writers Series is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging world-renowned authors in meaningful conversations. Founded in 2010 by reporter Anne Stanton, New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton, and attorney Grant Parsons, NWS has hosted nearly 200 writers including luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Alice Walker, Vince Gilligan, Mary Doria Russell, Scott Turow, and Gillian Flynn.

Over 70,000 people have attended our events throughout the years, and we’ve helped sell over 18,000 books through local bookstores. Our live events take place at the historic City Opera House in Traverse City, while our virtual events are available around the world via Zoom or YouTube live-streaming.

Our author events fuel our Raising Writers programs, which help students express themselves, explore the world through reading, develop their imaginations, and think critically. Learn more at

Our Fall 2021 event lineup features the following amazing writers and events:

  • November 4: Jason Reynolds (Virtual)
  • November 13: Front Street Writers Playwriting Workshop (Virtual)
  • November 18: Omar El Akkad (Virtual) 
  • December 9: Angeline Boulley (In-Person)