Kwame Alexander In Conversation With James Patterson

Kwame Alexander In Conversation With James Patterson


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Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was just a kid with struggles like any other.

From two heavy hitters in children’s literature, Kwame Alexander and James Patterson, comes an inspiring biographical novel about the beginnings of a sports legend: Becoming Muhammad Ali.

Join Kwame and James in conversation as they discuss their collaboration and the inspiration behind Becoming Muhammad Ali. They will explore what it was like for Cassius to grow up in Louisville, Kentucky, considering his relationships with family and neighbours,his childhood friends, challenges in school and facing bullies and discrimination. They’ll explain how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age twelve, beginning his transformation into the unrivalled Muhammad Ali.

This promises to be a fascinating and insightful evening, unearthing the story behind one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.

James Patterson is one of the world’s best-selling authors. The creator of Max Einstein and Alex Cross, he has captured the imagination of millions of young readers from around the world.

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times best-selling author of thirty-five books, including his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel The Crossover and The Undefeated, winner of the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor. He is the founding editor of Versify, which aims to change the world, one word at a time.

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