Event with Kwame Alexander at Crown Uptown

Watermark Books & Cafe in partnership with The Kansas African American Museum is thrilled to have an event with Kwame Alexander, bestselling author of 36 books. Kwame's newest book is a middle-grade novel, entitled The Door of No Return, follows the 11-year-old Kofi Offin, and is historical fiction. This event will take place on Wednesday, September 28th at 6pm at Crown Uptown in Wichita, KS, and is ticketed. Your ticket will come with a copy of the book, The Door of No Return. You also have the option of donating the book that comes with your ticket to a student at Mead Middle School in the USD259 district for Watermark's Authors-in-Schools program. Masks will be required while in line to have your book signed. Thank you for understanding. 

About Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 36 books, including SWING, BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI, co-authored with James Patterson, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, The Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He is the writer and executive producer of THE CROSSOVER TV series on Disney+. The fall of 2022 will see the release of book one of a new trilogy, THE DOOR OF NO RETURN.

About The Door of No Return

Dreams are today’s answers for tomorrow’s questions.
11-year-old Kofi Offin dreams of water. Its mysterious, immersive quality. The rich, earthy scent of the current. The clearness, its urgent whisper that beckons with promises and secrets…
Kofi has heard the call on the banks of Upper Kwanta, in the village where he lives. He loves these things above all else: his family, the fireside tales of his father’s father, a girl named Ama, and, of course, swimming. Some say he moves like a minnow, not just an ordinary boy so he’s hoping to finally prove himself in front of Ama and his friends in a swimming contest against his older, stronger cousin.
But before this can take place, a festival comes to the villages of Upper and Lower Kwanta and Kofi’s brother is chosen to represent Upper Kwanta in the wrestling contest. Encircled by cheering spectators and sounding drums, the two wrestlers from different villages kneel, ready to fight. 
You are only fine, until you are not.
The match is over before it has barely begun, when the unthinkable–a sudden death–occurs…
The river does not care how grown you are. 

As his world turns upside down, Kofi soon ends up in a fight for his life. What happens next will send him on a harrowing journey across land and sea, and away from everything he loves.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
3207 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
The Door of No Return By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316441865
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022