Oxford Conference for the Book: Angie Thomas in conversation with Kiese Laymon

Monday, March 8, 2021 - 6:00pm

Square Books and the 2021 Oxford Conference for the Book (March 8–12) are pleased to host Mississippi authors Angie Thomas and Kiese Laymon as they discuss Thomas's newest book, Concrete Rose. Monday, March 8 at 6pm CST on Zoom.

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International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

About the Author:

Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.

About the Host:

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Divisionthe memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

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Virtual: Zoom
Concrete Rose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062846716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 12th, 2021