EVENT CANCELED! Award Winning author Sharon Draper April 30th!

We regret to announce the cancellation of the April 30th Sharon Draper event due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.  We will be rescheduling this event sometime in the near future- possibly late this summer. Please stay tuned for more details. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Award Wining Young Adult author Sharon Draper presented by Book Beat and the Southfield Library

The Book Beat and the Southfield Public Library are proud to present Sharon Draper, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. The author will be at theSouthfield Public Library on April 30th at 6:30pm. The Southfield Library is located at  26300 Evergreen in Southfield. This event is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by Book Beat and the Southfield Public library.


Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards. She will be speaking and signing copies of her latest book, Panic, a fast-paced tale of a teenage girl who makes an “adult” decision that  has tragic results.


I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me. –Sharon Draper
“Out of My Mind speaks volumes and reveals the quiet strength and fortitude it takes to overcome disabilities and the misconceptions that go with them.” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

It’s impossible to close this book without thinking about the world differently.”
–Jennifer M. Brown, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

On Sharon Drapper’s Copper Sun: “Draper isn’t after a history lesson. Instead, she brings emotional life to the appalling details of forced servitude. From the opening pages, readers become engrossed with the heartbreaking journey of Amari, a 15-year-old African girl captured and enslaved in 1738.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer

Draper’s latest Book, Panic,  is a  gripping and chillingly realistic novel that shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.
“Draper does a great job showing the insecurities that teenage girls deal with and the unique format of Panic make it a novel you should try. If you can get past the way they talk, the characters are very well developed and their devotion to dancing is a great example of how you can deal with negative emotions/events by doing something rather than drowning it in alcohol or drugs.”  – Source: –Simply Infatuated Blog

“…this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.”    -The Teen Bookworm
Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?     Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

Dr. Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She was selected as Ohio’s Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the Year, and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner. She is a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner, and was the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence for the Taft Museum. She is a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, and is the recipient of the Dean’s Award from Howard University School of Education, the Pepperdine University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Marva Collins Education Excellence Award, and the Governor’s Educational Leadership Award. Last year she was named Ohio Pioneer in Education by the Ohio State Department of Education, received the Beacon of Light Humanitarian award, as well as the Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University. In 2012 she received The 33rd annual Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award by the Educational and Media Association.

Visit her at SharonDraper.com.
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