Well-Read Black Girl Book Club chats PUNCHING THE AIR

Our Well-Read Black Girl book club chats about Punching the Air, the powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated from award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five. RSVP below to get the zoom link.


ABOUT THE CLUB

The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club is a national book club started by Glory Edim that meets physically within Indie Bookstores. We read books that center on Black women and non-binary folk's stories and all are welcome to attend. The club reads a variety of genres, classics, new literature and nonfiction, and YA that covers the breadth of experience from the diaspora. Loyalty's club often reads along with the national club recs and sometimes reads local area authors from Chocolate City. We often feature selections from the Well-Read Black Girl Anthology as well.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The story that I thought

was my life

didn’t start on the day

I was born

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

The story that I think

will be my life

starts today

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020