Characters find connection and battle for survival during eras of revolution and great upheaval in these new acclaimed historical novels. In Jabari Asim’s Kirkus-starred Yonder, set on an unnamed plantation run by a cruel and tyrannical captor, William finds himself falling for Margaret; and Cato mourns the departure of first love, Iris, who was suddenly shipped off, destination unclear. In award-winning author Reyna Grande’s A Ballad of Love and Glory, set in the mid-nineteenth century Rio Grande Valley, a Mexican nurse and a U.S. Army defector find love and fight for survival during the Mexican-American War. In Andrea Yaryura Clark’s On a Night of a Thousand Stars, young Paloma searches for the truth about her father’s life amid Argentina’s Dirty War in the 1970s.
Moderator: Donna M. Johnson, author of the award-winning memoir Holy Ghost GirlJabari Asim, Andrea Yaryura Clark, Reyna Grande, Yonder, On a Night of a Thousand Stars, A Ballad of Love and Glory