CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY WELCOMES AWARD WINNING AUTHOR, EDUCATOR, POET AND NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR SHARON DRAPER

CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Public Library (CPL) welcomes Sharon Draper, author of over thirty award-winning novels, including, Out of my Mind, a The New York Times bestselling book for nearly two years on Wednesday December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.

“Bringing accomplished authors to our community and patrons is a priority for us,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “Sharon Draper is not only an accomplished author and poet, but is also a National Teacher of the Year, and brings with her decades of knowledge and experience in education, writing, poetry and literacy.”

In 2015, Draper was honored by the American Library Association as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award for lifetime literary achievement, she has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year and has been honored at the White House six times.

In addition to her novel, Out of my Mind, being named a New York Times bestseller, her novel Copper Sun, was selected by the U.S. State Department and the International Reading Association as the United State Novel for the International Reading Project called Reading Across Continents. Students in the U.S., Nigeria, and Ghana are reading the book and sharing intercontinental, cross-cultural experiences. Her newest novel, Stella by Starlight, has received multiple starred reviews from acclaimed publications and journals, including New York Times Sunday Book Review.