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Jessica Spotswood and Dhonielle Clayton Presents THE RADICAL ELEMENT

    03/21/2018 - 7:30pm

    This event takes place in the Jersey City Store.

    In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.

    To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced when you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it’s the only decision when you’ve weighed society’s expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs — whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they’re asking you to join them.

    Original stories by Dahlia Adler, Erin Bowman, Dhonielle Clayton, Sara Farizan, Mackenzi Lee, Stacey Lee, Anna-Marie McLemore, Meg Medina, Marieke Nijkamp, Megan Shepherd, Jessica Spotswood, and Sarvenaz Tash.

    About the authors:

    Jessica Spotswood is the editor of A Tyranny of Petticoats, the companion volume to The Radical Element. She grew up near the Gettysburg battlefield, in Pennsylvania, but now lives in Washington, D.C., where she works for the District of Columbia Public Library system as a children's library associate.

    Dhonielle Clayton is the coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series and the author of The Belles. Dhonielle is chief operating officer of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books and cofounder of the literary incubator CAKE Literary. She lives in New York City, where she is always on the hunt for the best slice of pizza. You can find her on Twitter @brownbookworm.

     

    The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls Cover Image
    By Jessica Spotswood (Editor)
    $17.99
    ISBN: 9780763694258
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 13th, 2018

    In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.


    $5 admission to see Jessica Spotswood and Dhonielle Clayton on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at WORD Bookstores in Jersey City. Your $5 voucher can be used towards anything in store, including The Radical Element.