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Battle of the Books 2021

Battle of the Books 2021

Battle of the Books welcomes Shelley Pearsall as the featured author for the 2020-2021 battle season. Pearsall is the author of seven highly-acclaimed books for middle grade and teen readers including All of the Above, The Seventh Most Important Thing, and her latest title, Things Seen From Above. Pearsall is known for her relatable characters, descriptive writing style, and moments that readers ...

Sun, Mar 14

Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue

"We should have known the end was near." So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of cleanup and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s ...

Fri, Mar 19

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio brings to light remarkable stories of hope and resilience in her searing debut, The Undocumented Americans. She’ll be at the National Writers Series April 8. Cornejo Villavicencio has read a vast amount of books about immigrant life in America and has hated almost all of them. She could not see herself or her friends in the sad, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” memoirs that permeated much of the existing literature. In her ...

Thu, Apr 8

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is on a roll and shows no sign of slowing down. He’ll be at the National Writers Series April 22 with a riveting historical thriller, Hour of the Witch. While movie fans are streaming The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco on HBO Max, based on Bohjalian’s 2018 book, theater-goers are raving about the stage adaptation of Midwives, his 1997 book that introduced Bohjalian to legions of fans. In March 2020, he published the ...

Thu, Apr 29

Rochelle Riley

Rochelle Riley

Every famous person was once a child who, in some cases, overcame great obstacles to achieve success. That’s the enduring lesson of That They Lived, which features the biographies and photographs of famous African Americans. Muhmmad Ali’s bike was stolen when he was twelve years old and the police officer he reported the crime to suggested he learn how to fight before he caught up with the thief. Bessie Coleman, the first African American female aviator, ...

Thu, May 13

Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell

An inspiring historical novel about “America’s Joan of Arc,” we meet Annie Clements, the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world. At the age of 25, Annie had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She’d spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan, where men risked their lives for meager salaries while their wives cleaned houses of the elite, dreading the ...

Wed, May 26