Photography Vicky Pink - The Houston Public Library was honored to present renowned author, poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni as part of its HPLQ (Houston Public Library Quarterly) Author Series. Funded by the Houston Public Library Foundation, audiences were able to hear Giovanni discuss her new book, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter. Her words grabbed everyone's attention. City of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner presented Giovanni with a Proclamation stating that February 15, 2018, was Nikki Giovanni Day in Houston. The HPLQ event Master of Ceremonies was reporter Cindy George of the Houston Chronicle, followed by a presentation by Ensemble Theater’s veteran performer, Tony Glover and a poem reading dedicated to Giovanni by Houston’s Poet Laureate, Deborah "DEEP" Mouton.