New York Times Best-Selling Author To Speak At Newark Public Library

Carol Boston Weatherford

NEWARK—Carol Boston Weatherford, a writer who started penning poems in the first grade, will read from and sign copies of her book, “Becoming Billie Holiday” at the Newark Public Library. The book reading and signing will take place at 6 p.m.

on Wednesday, April 7 in the fourth floor auditorium of the library, which is located at 5 Washington Street, Newark.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Weatherford recited her first poem to her mother while she was in the first grade. Her father, a high school printing teacher printed some of her poems on index cards.

Her first book, “Juneteenth, Jamboree,” was published in 1995. Since then she has written for children and adult audiences, touching on subjects such as AIDS, slavery, civil rights and now jazz.

Her latest book, “Becoming Billie Holiday,” is a poetic novel for young adults. It was published in 2008. Weatherford’s poems trace Holiday’s journey from Baltimore where she scrubbed marble steps and worked at a brothel to her arrival in New York. Then known by her birth name, Eleanora Fagan, by the time she arrived in New York, the Harlem Renaissance had just given way to the Great Depression. Fagan began to sing and by the age of 25, she fronted the era’s hottest bands and was known to the world as Billie Holiday.

Weatherford lives in High Point, N.C. and teaches at Fayetteville State University.

The book signing program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-973-733-7793 or email to reserve a spot for the program.

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