The North Georgia Teen Reads event featuring Nic Stone at the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center on Wednesday, October 10th will occur as the author’s star is rapidly rising.
Stone will discuss her first novel, Dear Martin, the story of Justyce McAllister, an African American teen tackling issues of race, violence and identity, at Sewell Mill starting at 7 p.m. The Private Pageant, a New Wave/Electro-Pop group, will give the opening-act performance starting at 6 p.m. before the Nic Stone program.
Stone’s second novel, Odd One Out, will be released on October 9th. The launch event for the second novel is at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta the evening before her Sewell Mill program.
Additional North Georgia Teen Reads programs with Nic Stone include Gwinnett County Public Library’s Suwanee Branch on October 11 at 7 pm and Hall County Library System’s Spout Springs Branch on October 16 at 7 pm.
Stone’s current events schedule reflects how much she is in demand for personal appearances, including headliner roles for special events, one year after her debut novel was released. A few examples:
On September 30th, Nic Stone visited Baltimore for the kickoff event for One Book Baltimore at the Baltimore Book Festival. Dear Martin is the 2018 selection for “families and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book.” Discussions on Dear Martin are planned throughout the city. Free copies of Dear Martin are being given to all Baltimore City Public Schools 7th and 8th graders. Info: www.prattlibrary.org/onebook
Stone is the keynote speaker for the Texas Teen Book Festival on October 6 at St. Edward’s University in Austin. Info: www.texasteenbookfestival.org
“Dear Martin” is the first selection of the Project Lit program recently introduced in Warren County, Kentucky and surrounding communities with support by the Bowling Green-Warren County Public Library. Community partners reportedly plan to give away at least 400 copies of the novel.
And, she has additional books in the works: Crown Picks Up Nic Stone’s Debut Middle Grade Novels
A Review of Dear Martin in Booklist:
Perhaps a bright young man who is fourth in his graduating class, captain of the debate team, and on his way to an Ivy League school shouldn’t have too many worries. But Justyce McAllister’s grades have no influence on the police officer who handcuffs him while he’s trying to help his inebriated ex-girlfriend. The African American teen is shocked and angered when the officer is cleared of all charges, and so he turns to the written work of Martin Luther King Jr. for direction, inspiration, and therapy. He presents a simple question to the late civil rights leader: What would you do, Martin?
After Justyce witnesses the fatal shooting of his best friend by an off-duty officer, and his name is negatively spread through the media, he begins to withdraw from friends and family, only finding solace in his teacher, new girlfriend, and his continued ruminative letter writing to Dr. King. Stone’s debut confronts the reality of police brutality, misconduct, and fatal shootings in the U.S., using an authentic voice to accurately portray the struggle of self-exploration teens like Justyce experience every day.
Teens, librarians, and teachers alike will find this book a godsend in assisting discussions about dealing with police, as well as the philosophical underpinnings of King’s work. Vivid and powerful.
Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068. 770-509-2711