Richland Library's final event in our Let's Talk Race Family Book Festival is a virtual conversation with award-winning and New York Times bestselling young adult author, Nic Stone.
Join this author and activist as she discusses her books, what inspires her to write these impacting stories and how she fights racism with the power of her pen.
Acclaimed YA author NIC STONE is inspiring the next generation of social activists with her vivid and painfully timely novels. Her debut Dear Martin—a #1 New York Times bestseller taught in classrooms across the country—and its stunning sequel Dear Justyce, deftly explore themes of oppression, liberation, and race relations in America. With similar parallels in their work, Stone counts The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas among her many fans, calling Dear Martin a “must-read” and Stone’s writing “honest and gut-wrenching.” Stone’s oeuvre, which includes a Marvel series, enlightens her down-to-earth talks—leaving audiences empowered with the tools they’ll need in the fight for an antiracist society.
Nic Stone was inspired to write at a young age—left wanting by the non-existence of people who looked like her in the books that she read. The lives of the few Black characters she encountered either served as sidekicks or plot devices, but failed to show their full complexity or humanity. Today, she can’t help wondering how different the world would be if this generation had grown up reading about Black people just being human. Racism has always been about dehumanization, Stone says. “The more we see Black people living—loving and doing and being and feeling...solving mysteries and being the heroes—the more we come to recognize our shared humanity.”
Most importantly, she holds a mirror up to the audiences who need it most. Called “an unforgettable tour de force of social-justice and activist literature,” (Booklist, starred review), Stone balances messages of economic and racial hardship with levity—offering humor, hope, and excitement alongside crucial lessons about equity. Recently, she crafted a middle-grade series about Shuri, the beloved character from Marvel’s blockbuster hit Black Panther, and her latest book Fast Pitch—described as “a Black girl retelling of The Sandlot”—is slated for release in August of this year. Like her written work, Stone’s talks are charismatic and eye-opening, exploring how we can create a world where we are all free to be fully human.
Stone’s work has attracted national attention—shooting to the top of bestseller lists, chosen as a William C. Morris Award Finalist, and appearing twice on NPR’s Best Books of the Year list. She is one of six contributors to the multi-authored Blackout, which went to a twelve house auction across the United States.
Read More➤ For more information about Nic Stone, visit www.nicstone.info/
The Let's Talk Race Family Book Festival will take place virtually August-October 2021 and will feature a monthly conversation from an incredible author, illustrator or book creator. This year's festival will include: Tiffany Jewell, Selina Alko & Sean Qualls and Nic Stone. In addition, we will be highlighting content on our website to keep the family discussions going with book lists, activities, blog posts and more.
This Let's Talk Race program is made possible thanks to funding from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
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Don't miss this virtual conversation with New York Times bestselling young adult author, Nic Stone.