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PEN/Faulkner Writers In Schools

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“Just as the stars above Nantucket charted the course of your great fleets, it is the books in the hands of eager young readers which will chart the course of your community.”

Nantucket Book Festival has partnered with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Writers in Schools program, in crafting programs for the Nantucket school system. We now reach the island’s Elementary, Middle and High School with works of contemporary literature, bringing some of the country’s finest children’s and young adult authors to the island to meet with our students. Past authors have included Jack Gantos, Julie Berry, Jacqueline Woodson, Morowa Yejidé, and Benjamin Alire Saenz.

2018’s PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools author was Marita Golden, who visited the 9th grade honors English classes on April 4. Students received a copy of her novel After, exploring important themes such as social justice, forgiveness, and overcoming tragedy.

Golden is the co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, a national resource center for black writers. In the afternoon she met with a broader range of students, not just those who had read her book, to discuss race and diversity. “For all the emphasis we have on testing, for young people to read an entire book and discuss it with an author is a really special experience for the author, as well as the young people,” Golden said. “When I was in school we didn't have anything like this.”

To read more about Miss Golden's visit to Nantucket, click here.

The Nantucket Book Foundation congratulates Jacqueline Woodson (PEN/Faulkner Writers In Schools author 2015) on being named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature!