Guests: Jacqueline Woodson
JACQUELINE WOODSON said she wanted to be a writer ever since she was 7 years old. She did just that and has gone to be a prolific writer, with over 30 books under her belt. She’s written picture books for young children, fiction for young adults, poetry, and a National Book award-winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, a story told in verse about growing up as an African American in the 1960s South. Now she’s come out with her second adult novel, Another Brooklyn. The narrator, August, is an anthropologist looking back at her childhood in New York borough of Bushwick in the 1970s. Woodson said she mined her teenage years for the book that’s about the deep bond between four girls navigating their adolescence amid the lure and dangers of their neighborhood.