The Hate You Give Author to Speak in Des Moines

Posted 10/30/2018

​​​The book is Part of DMACC’s One Book One Campus One Community Program

Angie Thomas, author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Hate You Give, will speak at two free events at HyVee Hall Iowa Events Center. Thomas will speak at 10:15 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2.
More than 2,700 copies of Thomas’ book are being used in 130 classes across the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) district as part of DMACC’s One Book One Campus One Community program.
The Hate You Give follows the events in the life of a 16-year-old African American girl, Starr Carter, who is the sole witness to a police officer shooting of her best friend who turns out to be unarmed during the confrontation.  Starr is drawn into activism after witnessing the fatal shooting. 
Thomas was born, raised and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper. She earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. Thomas is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. The Hate You Give is her debut novel. Her second book, On The Come Up, is due out in February 2019.
The movie The Hate U Give​ is now in theaters. It is produced by Fox 2000, with George Tillman as director and Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games) stars as Starr Carter.  
Thomas’ presentations are sponsored by the DMACC Libraries. ​They are free and open to the public. The presentations are being held in the HyVee Hall because of the size of the anticipated crowd. Groups interested in attending or if you have questions, please contact the DMACC Ankeny Campus Library at​ or (515) 964-6317.​

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