"Maybe part of the reason
I like Greg Neri so much is that he’s not afraid to be as
“urban” as “urban” can be. He writes in
dialect, sets his stories in cities, talk about gangs and other
contemporary issues, and produces stories that no one else is telling.
That no one else is even attempting to tell. Because if there’s
one thing Neri does well it’s tell a tale that needs to be told."
Bird, School Library Journal
G. Neri is the Coretta Scott
King award-winning author of the middle-grade books Yummy and Chess Rumble, both ALA Notable
Books. He is also the author of the YA novels Surf Mules, and his newest, the ALA Odyssey
Honor-winning Ghetto Cowboy.
In 2010, he won the International Reading Association's Lee Bennett
Hopkins Promising Poet Award. His work has been honored by the Simon
Weisenthal Center, the Museum of Tolerance and Antioch University. He
writes for reluctant readers, especially urban boys and teens at risk
from ages 8 to 18, creating unique formats and voices that speak
directly to young people who don’t like to read.
Neri has been a
featured author/ speaker in schools and libraries around the country.
He has spoken at conferences and book festivals in New York, St. Louis,
Los Angeles, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans,
Philadelphia, Orlando, Atlanta and elsewhere.
Prior to being a writer,
he was an award-winning
filmmaker and new media producer from Los
Angeles, who also taught
animation and storytelling to inner-city youth. Neri now lives in Tampa,
where he is writing
there is a strong interest, G. Neri
can work within most budgets. Contact him at email@example.com to talk about
arranging a presentation
SCHOOLS - WHOLE DAY
4×50 minute talks during a school day: $1,200.00*
HALF DAY. 2×50 minute talks during a school day
QUARTER DAY. One 50 minute talk during a school day
LIBRARIES/FESTIVALS/CONFERENCES - FULL
DAY At one branch or one price split
between other branches- optional
HALF DAY. Two talks – second branch optional
QUARTER DAY. One hour talk at one branch
*Fees displayed are per day + Travel/Expenses
Book Signings are Encouraged!
These rates are exclusive of actual travel expenses. If Mr. Neri is
visiting your area, it is also possible to piggy-back his appearance
with a visit to your own school. Please consider an arrangement of a
book signing for your students, discounted books for author
/illustrator events are available through Mr. Neri's publishers.
Mr. Neri can speak about his life as a
writer with an overview of all his books or focus on one or more of
the following subjects:
• Yummy's World/ The Cowboy Way: the author explores the tough issues that
led Yummy Sandifer to gangs and a tragic early ending. Neri also
explores the fascinating secret world of black urban cowboys in
Philadelphia. (Grades 5-12)
Using free-verse to free up your writing: Writing workshop
exploring free-verse as a way to discover the inner truths in your
Writing the graphic novel:
talks about this unique form of writing and the amazing opportunities
it affords in the craft of storytelling.
• Finding your Book: reinventing stories
for urban boys who don't
read (In service for teachers)
trying to re-think the notion of what a book means to urban teens. Many
teens can make it through high school without ever having read a book
of fiction. But that’s because to them, books are told in a voice
that is alien to them. Most of these kids
are now born into a more visual society, so I think playing with
graphic novels and illustrations and using voices and characters that
you don’t see often in literature is a big plus for reluctant
readers in the city. I see my books as gateway books to Jane