A Night In with Angie Thomas
Join the author of the international phenomenon The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, to celebrate her book Concrete Rose.
In conversation with Bodé Aboderin for this virtual event, Angie will examine her return to Garden Heights in the hard-hitting novel Concrete Rose, which explores the origins of a much-loved character from The Hate U Give - Maverick Carter, Starr’s father. Set seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give, it’s a poignant and searing exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.
The son of a drug king, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is negotiating life in Garden Heights as he balances school, slinging dope, and working two jobs while his dad is in prison. He’s got it all under control – until, that is, Mav finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. Loyalty, revenge and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. So when Mav is offered the chance to go straight, it's an opportunity – in a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing – to prove he’s different and figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.
Don’t miss the opportunity to join one of the most exciting writers working today, as she discusses why she felt it was important for her new novel to take a deeper look at the societal injustices that can set the system against young Black men from the beginning, leaving them little alternative but to get caught in the cycle of crime to survive. Angie will also consider what it is like to have a book on the NYT bestseller list for over 180 weeks now and how her writing continues to help readers understand and build empathy, as more and more people make efforts to educate themselves about systemic racism.
“The phrase “voice of a generation” is surely one of the most overused in popular culture. Angie Thomas, however, is one of the rare authors for whom it rings true.” i newspaper
“While they may sit in the YA section, Thomas' books cover topics that are so relevant and eye opening, everyone should read them.” Bustle