Special Event

Why Fathers Cry at Night: An Evening with Kwame Alexander

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.

$0 | Friedman Family Auditorium

Planet Word and East City Bookshop welcome bestselling author, Kwame Alexander, to celebrate the launch week of his newest book, Why Fathers Cry at Night, with NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe.

Why Fathers Cry at Night is a new memoir and collection of love poems by #1 New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander.

In a powerfully intimate and non-traditional (or “new-fashioned”) memoir, Kwame Alexander shares snapshots of a man learning how to love. He takes us through stories of his parents, explores his own relationships, and the grief of his mother’s recent passing. With an open heart, Alexander weaves together memories of his past to try and understand his greatest love: his daughters. Full of heartfelt reminisces, family recipes, love poems, and personal letters, Why Fathers Cry at Night inspires bravery and vulnerability in every reader who has experienced the reckless passion, heartbreak, failure, and joy that define the whirlwind woes and wonders of love.

KWAME ALEXANDER is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 35 books. Alexander’s book The Crossover is featured in Planet Word’s Library exhibit.

AYESHA RASCOE is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday and the Saturday episodes of Up First.