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Lamar Giles (Overturned), Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss their acclaimed fiction for young readers, the challenges and opportunities facing writers of color, and the decisions involved in writing about race, social justice, gun violence, and other tough topics for teens and adults.
Tickets: All tickets for this event have been reserved. Any reserved tickets not picked up by 1:45 PM on March 21, 15-minutes prior to the beginning of the program, will be released to patrons waiting in the standby line at the door.
Why should you attend?
“Giles once again spins a twisting, involving mystery played out among a diverse cast, and again race plays a cunning hand, with the African-American Tate family painfully aware that Nate’s conviction had as much to do with his identity as evidence… [A]nother Giles winner.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“[Reynolds’] story unfolds in the time it takes for the elevator to descend, and it ends with a two-word question that hits like a punch to the gut. Written entirely in spare verse, this is a tour de force from a writer who continues to demonstrate his skill as an exceptionally perceptive chronicler of what it means to be a black teen in America.”—Publishers Weekly
“In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, [Stone] summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys… Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in the face. Take interest and ask questions.”—Kirkus