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Pop-up: Renée Watson

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Renée Watson shares a reading from her most recent YA novel, Piecing Me Together, in the Portland Art Museum galleries. 

Watson is paired with Snapshots by unknown makers within the Representing Exhibit; found in the Modern & Contemporary Art wing, floor 2M, gallery 220. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn’t really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Just because her mentor is black and graduated from the same high school doesn’t mean she understands where Jade is coming from. She’s tired of being singled out as someone who needs help, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.

Renée Watson

Renée Watson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her poetry and fiction often center around the experiences of black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. Renée served as Founder and Executive Director of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts, from 2016-2019. Her latest books are Maya's Song and Ways to Share Joy. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.
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