Garinger High School, Charlotte, North Carolina
October 13, 2017
Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything, and The Sun Is Also A Star, which are both featured on the New York bestsellers, visited Garinger High School on October 6, 2017. There she promoted her books and talked about her life as a writer and also answered questions from students. Many students came to the library to see Yoon and many were inspired by her life as a writer.
When she was done speaking and answering questions from students, one of Yoon’s biggest fans, Lizbeth Martinez, gave her a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for coming to Garinger. After that, she took pictures with students and wrote autographs for them.
Yoon is a Jamaican immigrant who came to the continental U.S. when she was 11 years old. Growing up, Yoon was inspired by her father, who was also a writer. She has a husband and a five-year-old daughter, who she also was inspired by. During her years at college, Yoon took a creative writing class that influenced her decision to pursue her career in writing. However, she didn’t immediately pursue a career in writing because she didn’t think one could make a living out of it.
Her visitation to Garinger was an opportunity for students to learn more about writing. Hopefully, she comes again, and if she does she will be welcomed by many.