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Featured writer: Angie Thomas

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, I'm featuring a BIPOC writer for every day of February. And as a special treat for subscribers to my newsletter, every week one lucky winner will win a copy of a book from each of that week's seven featured writers. Winners will be announced right here on the blog, starting this Saturday night. Not a subscriber yet? Scroll to the bottom of this page, and sign up!

On Tuesday I featured writer Jael Richardson and all her marvellous work with The FOLD, and just last week I watched Jael interview Angie Thomas to discuss her latest novel CONCRETE ROSE.

I love when authors interview other authors. It's a fantastic way to lift each other up, and gain some real insight into the minds of both parties. In this case, it was a interesting, fun event, and has got me very excited about reading CONCRETE ROSE, which is a prequel of sorts to Angie's blockbuster hit THE HATE YOU GIVE.

Angie Thomas is a phenomenal story-teller, who saw her debut novel turned into a movie before she herself had even turned thirty. This novel -- her third -- is an examination of the Black male experience through the eyes of Maverick, and in a year where things have been so tough, is a testament to both optimism and hope.

You can win a copy of CONCRETE ROSE in tonight's draw. This is only the first of FOUR draws this month, and will include books authored by featured authors Jenny Heijun Wills, Rahma Rodaah, Beverly Jenkins, Jael Richardson and Tanya Talaga.

I'll announce the winner [from among my newsletter subscribers], along with Sunday's featured author, right here in this space tomorrow. Make sure you're signed up at and watch for new feature writers every day in February!

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