A LIKKLE MISS LOU deh yah! A LIKKLE MISS LOU: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice is here! It gives me great pleasure to share that the project I had been working on for the past seven years, my sixth picture book, was released into the world on August 15, 2019, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, published by Owlkids. In the words of the late author Toni Morrison, "[this is the] book I wanted to see in the world". Most of all, the book has been completed in time for the 100th anniversary celebration of Miss Lou's birthday. And we're not the only ones talking about it. Check out this link to see what the reviewers from such publications as Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Toronto Star, OpenBook, Booklist, and The Globe & Mail are saying about A LIKKLE MISS LOU. On August 15, there was a lovely A LIKKLE MISS LOU birthday celebration held at the Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver, BC, Canada where I was the writer in residence in summer 2019. This was the perfect warm-up to the upcoming A LIKKLE MISS LOU Book Launch to be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 3-5pm at A Different Booklist bookstore in Toronto, ON, Canada and tour (see below and check for updates here). I hope you will join us in celebration and purchase your copy. A LIKKLE MISS LOU soon come to a city near you! Walk good!
In June 2019, I sat down with the Owlkids Books marketing team to film this Behind the Book! interview about my upcoming book, A LIKKLE MISS LOU: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice. My sixth book comes officially out in less than two weeks— on August 15, 2019. But several stores already have copies (and signed ones at Munro's Books in Victoria and Kids Books in Vancouver). Buy it online at Owlkids Books, Amazon, or your local bookstore. Just in time for Miss Lou’s 100th anniversary. (She was born on September 7, 1919). My Vancouver book launch is on August 15, 2019 4-8pm at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. My Toronto book launch is on September 14, 2019 at A Different Booklist. My New York City storytimes are on September 21st at Bank Street Bookstore in Manhattan and 22nd at both Greenlight bookstores in Fort Greene and Prospect Park, Brooklyn. I have also had some amazing reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and there are more to come. For more upcoming events and updates, visit here. For more press articles, visit here.