Brendan Kiely's Tradition Receives Starred Review in School Library Journal

Traditions at Fullbrook Academy: seniors escort freshmen to the Winter Ball; hockey players stack a puck in their window for each sexual conquest; and rich kids rule. Jules Devereaux is in her final year at Fullbrook and she is done with ex-boyfriends, friends, and the insidious privilege of her exclusive boarding school. James Baxter is on a hockey scholarship, a “do-over” after a disaster, trying to do the next right thing, attempting to keep a low profile because of his past. Read more...

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Safiya Sinclair to read at Folger Library with Kwame Dawes

This evening of poetry celebrates reggae music and pays tribute to one of its most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Robert "Bob" Nestor Marley, the day before what would have been his 73rd birthday.

Born and raised in Montego Bay, Safiya Sinclair is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award. She is the author of Cannibal, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in Poetry. Read more...

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Lawrence Jackson's brilliant Chester B. Himes: A Biography is a PEN Literary Awards Finalist

Make room on your to-be-read list. On Thursday, PEN America announced its lists of finalists for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards. 

Each year, the PEN Literary Awards honors great new literature in fiction and a wide array of non-fiction, including sports writing, science writing, essays, and more. Past winners have included Matthew Desmond's deep dive into eviction practices in the U.S. Evicted and Helen Oyeyemi's fable-inspired short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (which was also a MashReads favorite). Read more...

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Aja Monet at Carrie Mae Weem's Convention of Artists and Intellectuals in NYC

Carrie Mae Weems ended her year-long residency at the Park Avenue Armory on Sunday by asking a group of like-minded artists, scholars, and creators to spend the day contemplating violence and healing. She called the 10-hour event “The Shape of Things,” taken from the title of a 1993 photograph she took in Mali.

The impressive Gilded-age space is itself saturated with symbols that glorify 19th-century state-sanctioned violence, serving as a powerful backdrop for an event where most presentations addressed crimes against black and brown bodies.

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Colleen Mondor Reviews Shadowhouse Falls for Locus

Here’s a sequel I’ve been very excited to read: Daniel José Older’s Shadowhouse Fall! Following up on the smash hit, Shadowshaper, the sequel returns to Brooklyn and its band of unlikely teen ‘‘urban sorcerers’’ in yet another exciting thriller that tackles both the prevailing social issues of our time and some dark monsters intent on nefarious deeds. Every­thing Older excelled at in the first book is back and then some, with plenty of righteous teen anger blended into a larger story about, well, the future of the world. Most importantly, protagonist Sierra continues to be a perfect combination of power and pathos, as she leads the members of Shadowhouse into the fight of their lives and a new chapter in this ongoing series. Read more...

Tradition by Brendan Kiely Teaches Men How to be Better Feminists

In their award-winning novel All American Boys, co-authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely gave readers more than a timely problem novel about racism and violence; they used their powerful story to encourage young readers to figure out who they were and what they truly stood for. Now, in his solo upcoming YA novel, New York Times bestselling author Brendan Kiely is once again asking readers the examine tough issues in a meaningful way with Tradition, a compelling new novel about male privilege, consent, and finding the courage to do what is right. Read more...