Candice Iloh In Conversation with Nic Stone via Instagram Live (9/25)
Candice Iloh, author of EVERY BODY LOOKING (Dutton Books for Young Readers), on the National Book Awards Longlist in the Young People’s Literature category, will be in conversation with bestselling author Nic Stone via Instagram Live on Friday, September 25 at 12:00 pm (ET).
In EVERY BODY LOOKING, when Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a Historically Black College, it’s the first time she’s ever been so far from her family—and the first time that she’s been able to make her own choices and to seek her place in this new world. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past—her mother’s struggle with addiction, her Nigerian father’s attempts to make a home for her. Ultimately, Ada discovers she needs to brush off the destiny others have chosen for her and claim full ownership of her body and her future.
Candice Iloh is a first generation Nigerian-American writer, teaching artist, and youth educator. She has performed her work around the country, most notably at Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, the Women in Poetry & Hip Hop celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore (where she performed as Nikki Giovanni), and as part of the Africa In Motion performing arts series at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Howard University and holds an MFA in writing from Lesley University. Her work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary and VONA among many others. EVERY BODY LOOKING is her first novel.
Nic Stone is the author of the New York Times bestseller and William C. Morris finalist Dear Martin and its companion novel Dear Justyce, which looks at the power of circumstance in decision-making, and seeks to stir compassion for a population of black children who have been deemed unworthy of it: the incarcerated. She also wrote the teen novels Odd One Out, an NPR Best Book and Rainbow Book List Top Tenand Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality for young adults. Her middle grade debut Clean Getaway is a New York Times bestseller and deals with coming to grips with the pain of the past and the humanity of our heroes. It received two starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, who called it “an absolute firecracker of a book.”
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