Nic Stone, the author of the critically acclaimed Dear Martin, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) on October 6, on the campus of St. Edwards University. The festival, now in its 10th year, starts at 9:00 and Stone’s keynote begins at 10:00. The event is free and open to the public. Come early to buy books for signings throughout the day.
I first saw Stone at the Texas Book Festival last year. She was smart, funny and had some interesting perspectives on police interactions with the community, which are explored in her debut novel Dear Martin. Stone’s second book Odd One Out will be released on October 9.
TTBF has a strong emphasis on diversity and identity demonstrated by their book selection as well as discussion topics. A few that seem particularly impactful include Be the Change: Four Activists Talk About the Power of Speaking Up, We Need Diverse Books, and Our World. Our Stories. Our Future.
More than 35 authors are involved in the festival. In addition to Stone, here are a few that may be of particular interest to soulciti readers.
Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams – History vs Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don’t Want You to Know, a biography of phenomenal women around the globe and throughout time.
L.L. McKinney – A Blade So Black, an urban fantasy that has been described as a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Entertainment Weekly calls the novel, “a delectable urban twist on beloved fairy tales.”
Tochi Onyebuchi – Crown of Thunder, the sequel to Beasts Made of Night is “[a] rich stew of street smarts, myth, and almost nonstop action,” according toBooklist.
Ngozi Ukazu – Check Please is the first novel based on Ukazu’s wildly popular webcomic of the same name. Publisher’s Weekly says the book plays“to Ukazu’s knack for pithy, personality-showing dialogue.”
The festival will also have a costume contest, trivia contest and creative workshops. Go to the festival site for a full schedule.