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Launch Event for A Walk in the Woods with Author Nikki Grimes and Special Virtual Guest Derick Lugo

We can't wait to host award-winning author Nikki Grimes at Cellar Door Bookstore for a special launch event, with virtual special guest Derick Lugo! Her newest book, A Walk in the Woods, illustrated by the late Jerry Pinkney and his son Brian Pinkney, comes out on September 12th. Nikki will be here in-person on the day the book is released, Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00 pm, to celebrate with our community, and author Derick Lugo (The Unlikely Thru-Hiker) will join virtually to chat with Nikki about her book and about the power of nature.

About A Walk in the Woods: In this moving account of loss, a boy takes a walk in the woods and makes a discovery that changes his understanding of his father.

To guarantee a ticket to the launch event, please preorder A Walk in the Woods below!

About the author: Nikki Grimes is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of dozens of children’s and young adult books as well as a poet and journalist. Among the many accolades she has received are the Golden Dolphin Award (2005),the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children (2006), the Coretta Scott King Award (2003) for Bronx Masquerade, and the Horace Mann Upstanders Award (2011) for Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book. Additionally, her book Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (illustrated by Bryan Collier) was a New York Times bestseller, and she was acknowledged as an NAACP Image Award Finalist in 1993 for her book Malcolm X: a Force for Change. Her books Meet Danitra Brown (illustrated by Floyd Cooper), Jazmin’s NotebookTalkin’ About Bessie (illustrated by E.B. Lewis), Dark SonsThe Road to Paris, and Words with Wings were each awarded Coretta Scott King Honors. Visit her online at

About Derick Lugo: Derick Lugo is an accomplished storyteller, best known as the author of the captivating book, The Unlikely Thru-Hiker. In this widely acclaimed memoir, he humorously recounts his remarkable 6-month journey along the Appalachian Trail. With a knack for engaging narratives, Derick has contributed to various outdoor magazines and penned captivating short stories for several publications. Currently, he is immersed in two exciting writing projects—a delightful children’s picture book and a second memoir chronicling his thrilling 5-month thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
473 E. Alessandro Blvd.
Suite B
Riverside, CA 92508
A Walk in the Woods By Nikki Grimes, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823449651
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Neal Porter Books - September 12th, 2023