Newbery Award Winning Author Jerry Craft
Attendees of Thursday night's author talk were treated to a wonderful virtual visit. Jerry Craft, a New York Times best selling writer went from self publishing his own stories to receiving last year's coveted Newbery Award for his graphic novel New Kid, given to an author who has made a distinguished contribution to American literature for children. New Kid is the first graphic novel to win this award and Craft is the first African American recipient. During the presentation Jerry showed the group the actual medal!
Craft spoke in depth about his life and demonstrated to the audience of over 100 people how he creates his books and where he gets his inspiration for a story. Much of which is semi-autobiographical.
During the Q&A portion of the presentation Jerry used special software to do a live drawing of one of his characters so the audience could see the process first hand!