“The courage it takes to have a dream….is the actual freedom of it all” – Jason Reynolds
From New York Times best selling author, Jason Reynolds, comes FOR EVERY ONE, a rallying cry for the dreamers of the world; a powerful and unique verse poem about the pursuit and challenge of personal dreams.
Written in the form of a letter and dedicated to all those seeking their passion and path in life, it is a rousing battle cry of inspiration and motivation penned by Jason after doubting his own dream and written ‘for every one” young, old and everyone in-between.
Raw and truthful, For Every One is an emotionally charged message of encouragement and hope. A book to be read, re-read and gifted to all your friends.
Jason’s message is this JUMP ANYWAY
Dreams don’t have a timeline;
And aren’t always in
New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry when he was nine. He focused on poetry for the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time age 17. He published several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for this first work of prose and seven more novels followed in the next four years, including Ghost (2016) and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018); As Brave As You (2016), winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award; and a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017).
Jason returned to poetry with Long Way Down (2017), a novel in verse which was named a Newbery Honor book, a Printz Honor Book, and best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of A merica’s Edgar Awards.
Cover art by YINKA ILORI
High profile London based designer Yinka Illori, whose colourful and daring style has garnered much attention and awards, was commissioned to convey the power of Jason’s words. An advocate for increasing the narrative around multiculturalism in design, Yinka’s work reflects his own bicultural heritage – Nigerian and British – to further discussions of perspective.
Tickets are free for Impact Hub Birmingham members and £5 for non members. You can book your tickets here via Eventbrite. Copies of For Every One will be on sale and Jason will be signing books at the end of the event.
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