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National Book Award Finalist Jarret J. Krosockza to Visit Santa Barbara Public Library

Santa Barbara Public Library will be hosting an evening with author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosockza at 7 pm on Thursday, April 11, in the Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara.

Krosoczka will be discussing Hey, Kiddo, his moving illustrated memoir about growing up in a family grappling with his mother’s heroin addiction. A 2019 National Book Award finalist, Krosoczka’s story recounts how an art class and a sketchbook saved his life.

In addition to his graphic memoir, Krosoczka also has a long and distinguished career writing books for young people, including picture books, the popular Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy comic series.

Copies of Hey Kiddo will be available for purchase courtesy of The Book Den, and Krosoczka will be available to sign books after the talk.

Krosoczka will be visiting students at La Cuesta High School for a writing workshop during his visit to Santa Barbara, and will also be appearing at an afterschool event for kids on writing with pictures and making their own graphic novels at the Eastside Library at 3:30 pm, 1102 E. Montecito, Santa Barbara.

To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.


Contact: Molly Wetta, Acting Library Services Manager

Phone: (805) 564-5642


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