Two authors. Two points of view. Two events. Jason Reynolds and Brendan Keily will be in Orlando February 20th and we have all you need to know to attend.

I first encountered Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely at the ALA conference in Orlando last June. Jason and Brendan were promoting All American Boys which was published September 2015. I hadn’t read the stellar review from The New York Times or heard the insightful interview on NPR. What I did know is that the line to meet these authors was  a mile long! This book was definitely on my radar.

By the time Jason Reynolds returned to Orlando for Geekcon in July, I was ready! Not only was I familiar with the dual penned All American Boys, but I’d done my homework on the collective works of both Jason and Brendan. But this event was only half the duo, I got to meet Jason, but there was no Brendan. The pair was incomplete.

Now here we are in 2017, and FINALLY I get another shot at meeting the co-authors of All American Boys! Jason and Brendan will be reunited in Florida for a series of events sponsored by the Orange County Library System.

Here are the event details:

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 6 pm: An Evening with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Jason and Brendan will read from and discuss their poignant, award winning novel. This event will also include a book giveaway while supplies last.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7 pm: An Evening with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Orlando County Library System knows a good thing when they get it. They’re bring Jason and Brendan back for a SECOND night! Why not go both nights?

Whether or not you can make the event, you can certainly read the books of these two talented authors.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely


Two boys. Two races. Two perspectives.

In this powerful novel co-written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, we see the world from the point of view of two boys brought together by environment and circumstance. This instant classic shows just how quickly your situation can change and just how different life can be depending on the skin you live in.

When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds


Growing up in Bed Stuy, New York means looking after your own and staying out of trouble. But when looking out for your own puts you immediately in the path of trouble, what choice do you have? The decisions you make in an instant may change your life forever.

The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely


As the world around Aidan Donovan collapses, he reaches out for something he can trust- Father Greg, a new crew of friends, a girl he’s falling for. But when you’re vulnerable, who can you trust? And when is it safe to tell your whole truth? Kiely’s debut novel explores the power of trust, trust and love.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds


Ghost thinks being a track star will be easy. After all, he’s been running for as long as he can remember. But running for your life and being part of a team are very different. Will Ghost be able to stop running to survive and start running to live?

The Last True Love by Brendan Kiely


The things we will do for the ones we love.

Hendrix the poet and his friend Corrina the musician, set off for an impossible mission: get Hendrix’s Alzheimer suffering grandfather from LA to NY to relive the member of kissing his wife for the first time before the disease steals the memory from him forever. Whether they make it or not, the journey will be one Hendrix and Corrina will never forget.

For more information on  An evening with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely and other literary events, contact Orange County Library System.