Nikki Giovanni’s reading & Clifford bashing

Just got back from seeing Nikki Giovanni.

It was a nice, small setting and somehow I ended up front and center.

She’s an amazing storyteller and very funny, she had the ladies of the book club laughing time and again.

She showed us her upcoming book “The Grasshopper’s Song” with illustrations by Chris Raschka.

We got the wild, annotated version of the book, with Giovanni making verbal footnotes on everything from Brown VS. Board of Ed. to Michael Vick and a ton of other things.

Rashcka’s drawings have a real old school Golden Book feel to them.

She also talked about her next book, which will be about Lincoln and Douglass.

She talked about so many different things, but one I couldn’t agree with was an anti-Clifford rant.

It was unclear whether she thought Clifford did die or should have died, but either way she’s not a fan.

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