OFFSITE: Book Launch: Renée Watson in conversation with Karyn Parsons @ New School

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building
65 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10011



Join us for a reading with author Renée Watson as she sits down with Karyn Parsons to discuss her new middle-grade novel Ways to Build Dreams (A Ryan Hart Story) at The New School. Word Up Community Bookshop will be selling books. 

Preorder your copy of Ways to Build Dreams at to receive a signed copy. 

Renée Watson, graduate of The New School's BPATS Program is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. Her books include the Ryan Hart series, Some Places More Than Others, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, and Love Is a Revolution, as well as acclaimed picture books: Maya's Song, The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, written with Nikole Hannah-Jones, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée splits her time between Portland, Oregon and New York City. Visit her online at, on Twitter at @reneewauthor, and on Instagram @harlemportland.

Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Will Smith's cousin Hilary Banks on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After leaving acting behind, Karyn has gone on to found and produce Sweet Blackberry, an award-winning series of children's animated films, to share stories about unsung Black heroes in history, featuring narration from stars such as Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah, and Chris Rock. The videos have been screened on HBO and Netflix, and enjoyed by schools and libraries across the country. She is the author of Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight, How High the Moon, and Saving the Day. Karyn lives with her family in Providence, Rhode Island.

Presented by the Creative Writing Program at the Schools of Public Engagement.

Health & Safety Information

Effective February 23, 2023, event guests and/or visitors to the New School are no longer required to provide proof of up-to-date vaccination or negative result from a PCR test and do not need to use the CLEAR app to present their vaccination status. 

Wearing a mask is recommended but not required on campus.

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Ways to Build Dreams (A Ryan Hart Story) By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781547610181
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 17th, 2023