Angela Johnson at Southfield Public Library, Feb. 11

Please join us with award winning author Angela Johnson for a talk & booksigning on Monday, February 11th at the Southfield Public Library (26300 Evergreen Rd.) at 6:30PM. Angela Johnson has written over forty books for children and young adults.

In 2003, Johnson was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, and awarded the Coretta Scott King Award twice. In 2013, she won the Virgina Hamilton Literary Award.


“Since 1989 Angela Johnson has been steadily producing exceptional books for young people, ranging from picture books for children to novels, poetry, and short stories for young adults. Her works have earned her the adoration of fans and the admiration of reviewers, many of whom have commented on her exceptional ability to create memorable, real characters who stay in readers’ minds long after the book cover has been closed. In most of her books Johnson addresses personal, everyday subjects: family relationships, the difficulties of growing up, seeking comfort from loved ones during times of struggle.” — Notable Biographies

Books for this event will be provided by The Book Beat.

Angela Johnson is an original writer whose award-winning works range from picture books to poetry to novels for children and young adults. Her realistic stories deal with issues faced by children and adults in the context of their families—adoption, care of elderly family members, and death. While these are serious topics, Johnson addresses them thoughtfully and sensitively, in ways that are believable, humorous, and hopeful. She creates characters who are vibrantly alive—from Emily’s Grandmama Ola in Toning the Sweep to Marley in Heaven—and who live in one’s memory long after their stories have been told. While her narrators are feisty, intelligent, and sensitive African-American girls struggling with their parents, their independence, and the challenges of growing up, Johnson’s stories retain a universality that resonates with both young readers and adults.

Angela Johnson attended Kent State University and worked as a child development worker (1981–82) with Volunteers in Service to America. Since 1989, she has been a freelance writer whose works range from board books for infants to picture books and poetry to complex novels for young adults. Her novels Toning the Sweep (1993) and Heaven (1998), a picture book, When I am Old with You (1990) and a book of poetry, The Other Side: Shorter Poems (1998), have each received critical acclaim. Her most recent works include Gone from Home (2000) Looking for Red (2002) and Wind Flyers (2010). She lives in Kent, Ohio.

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