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Ibi Zoboi: New star of Young Adult fiction

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
4:15 p.m. -- Craft talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition
7:30 p.m. -- Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany.

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi was a National Book Award finalist for her first novel, American Street (2017), the story of a Haitian girl’s immigration experience, and her new life in an American city. The Chicago Tribune called it "a stunning, richly textured debut novel."

Her widely-acclaimed new novel, Pride (2018), is an Afro-Latino retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in the Bushwick neighborhood of modern-day Brooklyn.

School Library Journal said, “This excellent coming-of-age take on a classic belongs on all YA shelves.”

Zoboi is also editor of Black Enough (2019), a new collection of stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America, featuring contributions by 17 bestselling Black YA authors, including Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Justina Ireland and Zoboi herself. In a Washington Post review published earlier this month, Mary Quattlebaum wrote: "In her sensitive introduction, Zoboi hopes that this timely book 'will encourage all black teens to be their free, uninhibited selves.' But the anthology is more than that: It’s an invitation for all readers to understand, as its subtitle suggests, what it means to be 'young and black in America.'"

Cosponsored by the UAlbany Student Association.