Speaking Engagements & Events

Upcoming Scheduled Events

April 2023

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 4pm EST
Wellesley Books
This is a ticketed event. Children’s tickets are $15.93 and include a copy of School Trip. Tickets for adults are $5 and do not include the book. The $5 Adult tickets can be put towards a purchase of an additional copy of the book at the event.
Wellesley, MA

Thursday, April 6, 2023,
Guest host Roy Wood Jr

Friday, April 7, 2023, 4pm MT
Held at Grant Beacon Middle School
by Second Star to the Right
Denver, CO

Saturday, April 8, 2023, 1pm ET
Barnes & Noble – Colonial Plaza
Orlando, FL

Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 4:30 pm CT
The Book Stall
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 4:00 pm CT
Left Bank Books
St. Louis, MO

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7:00 pm ET
Held at Decatur-DeKalb County Public Library
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Wednesday, April 19-21, 2023
TLA- Texas Library Association
4/20 10:00am – 12:15pm     Black Caucus Round Table Author Session (ticketed event)
4/20 1:30pm  Jerry Craft in conversation with Jarrett Krosoczka
Austin, TX

Saturday, April 22, 2023, 2:00 pm PT
Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book
Young Adult and Middle Grade Graphic Novel: Drawing the Story with Gene Luen Yang
YA Stage
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, April 24, 2023 6:00 PM PT
Books Inc. Opera Plaza
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
School Visit
Alexandria, VA

Thursday, April 27, 2023 6-8 p.m.
Arlington Reads: Get Graphic at APL
Arlington Public Library
1015 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22201

Friday, April 28, 2023
Possible Polictics and Prose Event at 6pm
Washington, D.C.


May 2023

Monday, May 1, 2023
School Visit
Manhattan, NY

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
School Visit
Manhattan, NY

Wedneday, May 3, 2023
School Visit
Dobbs Ferry, NY

Thursday, May 4, 2023
School Visit
Accord, NY

Friday, May 5, 2023
School Visit
Hudson, NY

Saturday, May 6, 2023
Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Hudson, NY

Wednesday, May 10-12, 2023
Cleveland Public Library

Friday, May 19, 2023
Opelika Public Library
Opelika, Alabama

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
School Visit
Philadelphia, PA


June 2023

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
School Visit
Rochester, NY

Thursday, June 8, 2023
School Visit
Buffalo, NY

Tuesday, June 20-21, 2023
Neuqua Valley High School
Naperville, IL

Thursday, June 22-26, 2023
ALA Annual Conference
June 22 ReadingCon with Follett
June 24 9:30-11:00am Readathon
June 24 2:30-4:009m Panel on Book Banning
Chicago, IL


July 2023

July 26 & 27, 2023 (Wednesday and Thursday)
Arkansas Literacy Association Conference & Charlie May Simon Award for Jerry Craft
Award Recipient and Keynote
Benton, Arkansas

July 29, 2023 (Saturday)
The 2nd Annual W.O.W. Literary Festival
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Location: Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center at Gately Park – 10201
S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628
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August 2023

Aug 18-19, 2023 (Friday and Saturday)
The Mississippi Book Festival
Jackson, MS

August 26, 2023 (Saturday)
Schenectady County Public Library Presents author Jerry Craft
Schenectady, NY


September 2023

 September 11, 2023 (Monday)
School Visit
Nashville, Tennessee

September 12, 2023 (Tuesday)
School Visit
Knoxville, Tennessee

September 13, 2023 (Wednesday)
School Visit
Manhattan, NY

September 29, 2023 (Friday)
School Visit
Manhattan, NY

September 30, 2023 (Saturday)
Chappaqua Children’s Book Fair
Chappaqua, NY


October 2023

October 3- 5, 2023 (Tuesday-Thursday)
School Visits
Sunnyvale, CA

October 6 (Friday)
School Visits
Los Angeles, CA

October 7, 2023 (Saturday)
The Color of Education Summit – Author Jerry Craft Keynote Speaker
Raleigh, NC

October 11, 2023 (Wednesday)
Kirkus Celebration
New York, NY

October 14, 2023  (Saturday)
Boston Book Festival
Authors Jerry Craft and Nikki Grimes in Conversation

Copley Square
Boston, MA

October 16-17, 2023 (Monday and Tuesday)
School Visit
Charlotte, NC

October 23-25, 2023 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
School Visits
Albany, NY

October 30, 2023 (Monday)
Lagos, Nigeria


November 2023

November 8, 2023 (Wednesday)
School Visit
Derby, CT

November 14-15, 2023 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Michigan’s NEA Big Read
Hope College
Holland, Michigan

November 16-17, 2023 (Thursday and Friday)
Creek Amana School District
Iowa City, IA



January 2024

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024
School Visit
Auburn, Alabama


February 2024

February 1, 2024 (Thursday)
Keynote for Alabama School Library Association Conference 
Opelika, Alabama

February 6, 2024 (Tuesday)
Virtual Presentation

February 22, 2024 (Thursday)
School Visit
Orlando, FL


April 2024

April 26-27, 2024 (Friday and Saturday)
North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving Convention Center
Irving, TX


July 2024

July 2024
BYU Conference
Provo, Utah


October 2024

October 3- 5, 2024 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Plum Creek Literary Festival
Seward, Nebraska


November 2024

November 21- 24, 2024 (Thursday-Sunday)
NCTE (Tentative)
Boston, MA

November 21, 2024 (Thursday)
FAME (Closing Keynote)
Tampa, FL