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MahoganyBooks Presents Karyn Parsons and Kwame Alexander Live!

March 13 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT


MahoganyBooks is excited to host a very special book event with two powerhouse authors: New York Times Best selling & award-winning author, Kwame Alexander and the one and only Karyn Parsons, debut author and actress of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ fame. Bring your kids out to this once in a lifetime experience as they enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to meet two nurturing and empowering writers with distinct voices in literature. Not only will they recieve incredible insight into these fantastic stories, but also have the opportunity to get their books autographed.

All books purchased at the event will be autographed and allowed to enter the signing line first.



How High the Moon

How High the Moon is at once historical and timely, captivating, and lovely. In Karyn Parsons brilliant hands, I feel like I’ve traveled a lifetime into the heartbreaking and beautiful south of the 1940s, spent time with Ella, Myrna and Henry and the many other amazing people I’ve met in this book, then landed back here in the present day having left a part of me behind. So glad this book is in the world.” — Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“This first novel from Parsons has all the gravitas of To Kill a Mockingbird mixed with a sensibility that a modern audience can enjoy while connecting to the past through historical fiction.“ Bittersweet and eye-opening, How High the Moon is a timeless novel about a girl finding herself in a world all but determined to hold her down.

The Crossover

Now in paperback! Winner of the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award, and a NYT bestseller!

Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart.


Now in paperback! Longlisted for the National Book Award and a NYT bestseller!

In this follow-up to Newbery-winner The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage. This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!



Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Will Smith’s ditsy cousin Hilary Banks on NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After leaving acting behind, Karyn has gone on to found and produce Sweet Blackberry, an award-winning series of children’s animated films, to share stories about unsung black heroes in history, featuring narration from stars such as Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah, and Chris Rock. It’s been screened on HBO and Netflix, and enjoyed by schools and libraries across the country.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including THE UNDEFEATED, SWING, and REBOUND, the follow-up to the NEWBERY medal-winning novel, THE CROSSOVER. His story is not a rags to riches story, but it is a story of starting at ground zero as a resourceful writer and business man who sold books out of his car and at Farmer’s Markets, to becoming an expert in engaging young audiences for companies like Nike, ESPN, Sesame Street, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Follett. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. Kwame is the co-founder of L.E.A.P., an international literacy empowerment organization that built the Barbara E. Memorial Library and Health Clinic in the eastern region of Ghana, and the founder of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt which publishes books that will engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine a better world.

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March 13
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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