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Monday, October 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
Swing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780310761914
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Blink - October 2nd, 2018

Monday, October 8 at 7 PM

speaking and signing

at Central Presbyterian Church




  • Tickets are available for purchase starting August 20, 2018.
  • Tickets are only available via Eventbrite. Purchase now: 
  • Pre-ordered books will be given to ticket holders the day of the event. They are not available for pick-up at BookPeople prior to the event.
  • A ticket+book admits one person to the event, and includes a copy of Swing. It is $18.99 plus tax.
  • A $5 ticket admits one person to the event. Present this ticket at the event to get $5 off your book purchase.
  • Seating is general admission; first come, first served. 

Please note: If you purchase a ticket and cannot attend the event,  we will hold a copy of Swing for you at BookPeople for 30 days after the date of the event. You may not pick up the book in advance of the event. 


From New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Medal, and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award-winner Kwame Alexander comes this new young adult fiction novel told through verse and prose about hope, courage, and love.

In Swing, bestselling authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo) present a free-verse poetic novel that will encourage anyone who's struggled to find their voice to embrace risks and take a swing at life. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will find something to appreciate in this engaging storyline, packaged in an embossed and spot-glossed cover.

Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt have just been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah's love interest since fifth grade, Samantha, will never take it past the "best friend" zone. But Walt has big plans for them both, which include making a baseball comeback, getting the girl, and finally becoming cool. As always, Noah is reluctant, but decides to take a risk after discovering a trove of old love letters and an appreciation of jazz music after a stop at the thrift store-letters and a groove that inspire him to send a few love notes of his own. But just as he and Walt's plans appear to be working, the letters set of a chain of events that upends everything Noah thought he knew about love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate.


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including SwingSolo, and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, a National Book Award nominee; The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game Called Life; and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning Out of Wonder. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch, the cofounding director of the LEAP for Ghana initiative, and the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

Mary Rand Hess is a poet, mixed-media artist, screenwriter, and New York Times bestselling author of Solo and Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, both coauthored with Kwame Alexander.

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