ReedPOP Announces Actress Viola Davis Joining Speaker Lineup For BookExpo Children‘s Book & Author Breakfast


scar, Emmy and Tony Award Winner Joins Authors Jacqueline Woodson, Dave Eggers, Yuyi Morales and Meg Medina for Discussion of Their Upcoming Works

Norwalk, CT, March 19, 2018:  Award-winning actress Viola Davis (The Help, How to Get Away with Murder) joins BookExpo as the final speaker at one of the show’s most popular events, the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, sponsored by Candlewick Press. Bringing together some of the most prominent stars in children’s and young adult literature, the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast draws over a thousand attendees for a morning of lively conversation with literary giants as they tackle some of today’s the most relevant topics.
Discussing her upcoming children’s book Corduroy Takes a Bow, which celebrates 50 years of America’s favorite teddy bear with a brand-new, classically illustrated picture book, Davis will take the stage alongside previously announced speakers: best-selling author Dave Eggers (What Can A Citizen Do?), Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears), andfive-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales (Dreamers). The event will be hosted by recently appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson (The Dream of America, The Day You Begin, Brown Girl Dreaming).

Taking place Friday, June 1, the BookExpo Children’s Book & Author Breakfast will kick off the final day of the 3-day event, further establishing BookExpo as the must-attend destination for the publishing industry. A separate ticket is required to attend this event, and one must be registered to attend BookExpo on June 1, 2018.

Using her own experiences as a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, Viola Davis writes the story of Corduroy and Lisa’s first trip to the theater in Corduroy Takes a Bow. As usual, Corduroy adventures off on his own, and readers follow his escapades as he explores all over–from the orchestra pit to the costumes rack to the props table and ultimately on to the stage itself, before being reunited with Lisa. A beautifully illustrated tale with a classic feel, sure to spark an interest in theater in children of any age.

Viola Davis is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater.  She is the first black actress to win Tony (Fences, King Hedley II), Oscar (Fences) and Emmy (How to Get Away with Murder) awards for acting. Davis is currently starring in the fourth season of How to Get Away with Murder, a role for which she became the first African American actress to receive the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.” In 2012, Davis and her husband founded their production company, JuVee Productions, with its focus being on giving a voice to the voiceless through strong, impactful and culturally relevant narratives. Davis will next star in Steve McQueen’s Widows, alongside Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson.

"We’re thrilled to welcome Viola Davis to BookExpo and the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast. The award-winning actress will round out a robust and exciting lineup of speakers for what is sure to be a highlight of the show this year,” said Brien McDonald, Event Director of BookExpo. 

Full program information can be found below:


The Friday morning breakfast will feature Dave Eggers, author of What Can A Citizen Do? (Chronicle Books); Yuyi Morales, author of Dreamers (Holiday House Publishing, Inc.); Meg Medina, author of Merci Suarez Changes Gears (Candlewick Press); and Viola Davis, author of Corduroy Takes a Bow (Viking Books for Young Readers). The event will be hosted by the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jacqueline Woodson.

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