Category: Young Adult

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: AKALA

Kingslee James Daley (born 1 December 1983), better known by the stage name Akala, is a British Hip-hop artist, author, and political activist.

Born in 1983 to a Scottish mother and Jamaican father, Daley grew up in Kentish Town, London.

He chose the stage name Akala, a Buddhist term for “Immovable”, and started releasing music in 2003 from his own independent music label, Illa State Records. He released his first mixtape, entitled The War Mixtape, in 2004.

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Akala has given guest lectures at East 15 Acting School, and the International Slavery Museum as well as a workshop on songwriting at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has also spoken at the Oxford Union.
He has also been involved in campaigns to decolonize the curriculum including giving a talk at the University of Leicester.

Akala is the author of Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, Visions (Part One), and children’s book, You Can Do Anything: Hip and Hop.

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POETS YOU SHOULD BE READING: MORGAN PARKER

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books, 2015) and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce (Tin House Books, 2017). She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a Pushcart Prize winner. With poet Angel Nafis she runs The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo.

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Her poetry has been featured in publications including Tin House, Poetry Foundation, and others. Her work was also included in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Best American Poetry 2016. 

She lives in Brooklyn.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: DERRICK D. BARNES

Derrick D. Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which recently won the 2018 Erza Jack Keats award.

It was also a huge winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home 4 awards: the Coretta Scott King Author honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator honor, Newberry honor, and the Caldecott honor.

He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys (Scholastic). His 2011middle-grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was re-released in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books.
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Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company.

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To see more of this author’s work, visit the site  – https://derrickdbarnes.com/

Interview with Author: Kester Grant

Q: A Court of Miracles on Goodreads?

Yes! Add it to your TBR list here

Q: Where can I pre-order A Court of Miracles?

Nowhere yet! I shall keep ya’ll posted.

Q: When is A Court of Miracles being published?

ACOM will be published in the United States and Canada in 2019 by Knopf, Random House, and in the UK by Harper Voyager, and a whole bunch of other countries that are listed on the BOOKS page. I don’t have anything more specific on a month, day, or international pub dates yet but I will try to share them as I receive them.

Q: Is A Court of Miracles the first in a series?

ACOM is the first in a trilogy. Book 2 is scheduled for publication Fall 2019 and Book 3 in Fall 2020.

Q:How diverse is A Court of Miracles?

As a writer of color, representation is very important to me. I tried my best to introduce a diverse cast to the all-white narrative of Les Miserables, the main character of ACOM, Nina, is a POC and so are many of her compatriots. I also drew on my own personal experiences with prejudice surrounding religion, class and race to illustrate the contrasting societies of the diversity-rich Miracle Court, and the all-white nobility/royal court.

Q: What are your thoughts on Rudyard Kipling’s imperialistic world-view and Disney’s versions of the Jungle Book? 

As a Mauritian Indian-Creole whose great-great grandmother was brought from India as a slave, representation is very important to me. ACOM is not based on Disney’s Jungle Book rather it is based on Kipling’s original Jungle Book stories, subverting Kipling’s narrative to free it from its sometimes problematic roots.

Q: Enquiries about foreign rights, permissions, blurb requests, or other business stuff ? 

Please contact my agent JOSH ADAMS

 

 

Source: https://www.kestergrant.com/faq/

Writer of the Week: Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American author and creative coach.  She is known for her West-African and Black Lives Matter inspired YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone.’

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Tomi Adeyemi graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in English Literature, then studied West African mythology on a fellowship.

Fox 2000 has purchased the film adaptation rights to the book. Reportedly the deals for the publishing and film rights were approximately seven figures: which would make it one of the biggest deals for a Young Adult novel.

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