On this return visit to the Fairfax Network, Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis explores why readers can connect with formidable and endearing characters such as Kenny in The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, Bud in Bud Not Buddy, and Luther T. Farrell in Bucking the Sarge.
During the program, the author, a former autoworker, talks about how he develops characters and story lines. He takes student calls and answers e-mails touching on a range of topics from favorite music to the role of an editor. One segment includes the author’s school visit to George Washington Middle School, where "he's just cruel" when it comes to motivating kids to read.
Viewers discover why Curtis is one of the most important voices in children's literature today.