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April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Magic City Books is thrilled to welcome our friend and Advisory Board member, Joy Harjo, for an in-store event to celebrate her new picture book, Remember, on Monday April 24 at 6:00 pm in the Algonquin Room.
Joy Harjo is the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Mvskoke Nation. Harjo is the author of ten books of poetry, several plays, children’s books, and two memoirs; she has also produced seven award-winning music albums and edited several anthologies. Her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Tulsa Artist Fellowship.
Joy Harjo will read from Remember and sign copies at the free event on April 24. If you can’t attend the event but would like a signed copy of the book, you can order Remember and other titles by Joy Harjo at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/shop/joy-harjo-store-signed-books-/8.
US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s iconic poem “Remember,” illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade, invites young readers to pause and reflect on the wonder of the world around them, and to remember the importance of their place in it.
Remember the sky you were born under,
Know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn,
That is the strongest point of time.
So begins the picture book adaptation of the renowned poem that encourages young readers to reflect on family, nature, and their heritage. In simple and direct language, Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation, urges readers to pay close attention to who they are, the world they were born into, and how all inhabitants on earth are connected. Michaela Goade, drawing from her Tlingit culture, has created vivid illustrations that make the words come alive in an engaging and accessible way.
This timeless poem paired with magnificent paintings makes for a picture book that is a true celebration of life and our human role within it.