Jewell Parker Rhodes series celebrating Towers Falling and Ninth Ward
Village Books, The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, Western Washington University Libraries, and The Whatcom Museum are pleased to welcome Jewell Parker Rhodes to Bellingham for two very special public events:
Thursday, April 20, 3:30-5pm
3:30-4pm: Pre-view of exhibit
Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building
Gallery Talk with Jewell Parker Rhodes featuring Ninth Ward
Coinciding with the current exhibit at the Lightcatcher Museum, The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City, will be a public event at the museum which will focus on Rhodes’ book Ninth Ward, A 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. Join Rhodes in a discussion about her novel, Ninth Ward, hailed as a celebration of determination, love, resilience, and family before and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids selection.
2016 marked the 15th anniversary of September 11 and with it, the release of Towers Falling, a middle grade novel that looks at how children who were born after 2001 can learn to understand the impact that this disaster had on their communities and this country. Rhodes’ handling of this difficult subject is thoughtful, sensitive, and ultimately, hopeful.
In lieu of an honorarium, Ms. Rhodes requested that the money be used to purchase books for local Title 1 schools that celebrate diversity, equality, and community. As part of the evening's events, these books will be presented to representatives of these schools.