Live Blog: Read Brave Saint Paul

Read Brave week has arrived! Newbery Medal-winning author Meg Medina touched down in Saint Paul Monday evening ahead of a very busy week of events at local schools and libraries. Follow along with updates below. Read Burn Baby Burn now with our simultaneous use e-book.

Read Brave Saint Paul is sponsored by Bremer Bank.


Thursday, February 21

1 p.m. Central High

Meg poses with Tim Hedges, school host Jenifer Shier, and Read Brave founding member and West 7th library manager Leslie Spring.

"History is where you find your power."

Meg recommended a few books to the audience at Central, including:

The Poet X

The Astonishing Color of After

9 a.m. Open World Learning school visit

“Here’s the thing — I grew up in a violent time and so did you...it’s a slow burn and so it is for you." Meg reflects on the violence in Burn Baby Burn and the specter of gun violence today. “Every day of your life is a point of history, so what are you seeing? In 30 years, you’re going to be writing a novel. What are your artifacts? What’s your story?"


Wednesday, February 20

6:00 p.m. Public book talk at Rondo Community Library

10 a.m. George Latimer Central Library

We’re off to a snowy start for Read Brave author Meg Medina’s visit. Medina is the author of Burn Baby Burn, the Read Brave Saint Paul young adult novel. With Saint Paul Public Schools closed today, due to weather, we are arranging a live stream of a Q&A between Mayor Carter and Meg Medina at 10 a.m. at George Latimer Central Library. A recording of the livestream will be available later today for those who can't watch the livestream.


Tuesday, February 19

5 p.m. Meg, Mayor Carter, and Library Director Catherine Penkert participate in a special happy hour event with The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

12:20 p.m. Meg visits Harding High

9:20 a.m. Meg visits Johnson High 

Quotes from Johnson High School Students

"Read Brave allows kids to see themselves or get different perspectives.”

“I like books that I can relate to in real life.”

“It’s awesome to meet the author of a book you’ve read."

"You get to learn about the writing process."


Monday, February 18

Meg gets a giant hug from the St. Paul Saints' beloved mascot, Mudonna at Hamline University.


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Read Brave is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Katherine B. Andersen Fund, the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation, and the Saint Paul Saints.

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