Reading slowly — with her digit feeing beneath the words, even when she was learnt not to — has led Jacqueline Woodson to a life of writing volumes to be savored. In a lyrical talk, she invites us to slow and regard floors that take us sits we never thought we’d go and introduce us to parties we never thought we’d meet. “Isn’t that what this thing is about — finding a way, at the end of the day, to not feel alone in this world, and a mode to feel like we’ve changed it before we leave? ” she invites.

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