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Dominican presents Author Andrea Davis Pinkney in Annual Butler Lecture

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dominican University will present bestselling author and award-winning children’s book editor Andrea David Pinkney in the annual Butler Lecture on Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Pinkney will deliver a talk titled, “Behold the Road: The Writer’s Passage, the Reader’s Journey,” in the Martin Recital Hall. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required.

Pinkney is the author of A Poem for Peter (2016), a celebration of Ezra Jack Keats, the author of the iconic children’s book, A Snowy Day (1962), which broke the color barrier in mainstream publishing by depicting the experiences of a brown-skinned boy. Pinkney’s book was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and by Publishers Weekly and was included in the New York Times Book Review’s recommended list of “Children’s Books That Tackle Race and Ethnicity.” The book also was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. 

Other books include Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (2012), which received the Coretta Scott King Author Award; picture-book biographies of major figures such as Alvin Ailey (1995), Duke Ellington (1998), and Ella Fitzgerald (2002); and nonfiction books including Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (2010), which won the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. Her most recent book, produced with her husband, Caldecott Award-winning illustrator and author Brian Pinkney, is Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (2018).

Pinkney launched the first African American children’s imprint at a major publisher, Jump at the Sun at Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing. As a book publisher and editor, she has published titles by such well-known authors as Lois Lowry and Toni Morrison.

Named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, Pinkney was also included in “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine.

This program is free but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Clemons at