Author Archives: Kara Matthews

Wisdom from the author Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes Uses Poetry to Connect Students to the Harlem Renaissance, Identity and Dreams In her book, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, award-winning, Harlem-born author Nikki Grimes features poetry by Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Clara Ann Thompson and other influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The book is a conversation between Grimes and the writers […]

Bring a Book to Life With Us – November 9

Please join us for our annual benefit event, generously hosted by Youth, INC at New York City’s Grand Hyatt hotel! We’d like to thank the following sponsors: The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp Sidley Austin Penguin Random House Allen & Overy LLP Threadstone LP We’d like to also thank our event co-chairs, the Behind the […]

One Partner = 10,000 Books!

Thanks to a partnership with KPMG Families For Literacy (KFFL), we are now giving away more than 10,000 books per year! If you’ve been following our programs for some time, you know that we commit to giving each of our students the book they study with us. Though we’ve generally given more than one per […]

Superbosses at DTCC

We’re honored to thank two supporters who came together for an exclusive event on August 28. First, we’d like to thank Sydney Finkelstein, author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, who donated his time and expertise on our behalf. He spent the morning detailing the common characteristics of the “superbosses” he […]

September Reading at KGB

Welcome back to another season of readings – the thirteenth! – by celebrated and up-and-coming authors whose literary explorations remind us of the joy and human connection behind storytelling in any form. Behind the Book is proud to welcome returning authors Hannah Tinti and Victoria Redel, whose deeply humane and lyrical stories transport us into […]

Meet our new Director of Programs: a Q&A with Alana

  Behind the Book would like to welcome our newest staff member, Alana Benoit, into her new role as Director of Programs! Alana will be managing the Program Coordinators, showing administrative support to them, and also thinking more broadly about how to develop programs and how to build the organization. Our summer intern, Klea Kalia, […]

Capstones II: Our Student Anthologies

Our second installment in our series on volunteer book designers has arrived! Read more about these great people who volunteer their time and skills to bring a big smile to so many faces. Meg O’Connell Exploration of New York City Architecture After “much soul searching and a string of interesting but ultimately unfulfilling jobs,” Meg […]