Jewell Parker Rhodes with Brandy Colbert

One of these days (hopefully), Seattle audiences will get to see in-person one of the most esteemed writers of books for younger readers, and adults as well, a writer who now calls Seattle home, Jewell Parker Rhodes. We’re still at the virtual stage of things, and so it will be for what should be a delightful program hosted by our friends and collaborators at the Northwest African American Museum, as she helps launch her newest book, Paradise on Fire (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), with actual release date on Tuesday the 14th. This story for middle-aged readers  is a powerful tale of climate change, class, race, and survival in the face of a forest fire. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books - and adult books, as well. Her most recent program with us was for the reissue of her novel about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Magic City. She is also the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Joining Jewell Parker Rhodes in conversation for this Sunday program will be noted children’s book author Brandy Colbert, who also teaches in Hamline University’s MFA writing program for children’s and young adult writing, and who has a new young adult book on the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Black Birds in the Sky (Balzer + Bray) due out on October 5.

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Paradise on Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316493833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Magic City: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063073227
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2021

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063056664
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order: Scroll Down to Product Details for Release Date
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 5th, 2021

Virtually Hosted by the Northwest African American Museum
Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 3:00pm
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