Bethany Baptiste and Chardai Powell for THE POISONS WE DRINK **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Bethany Baptiste and Chardai Powell to celebrate The Poisons We Drink! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Please note that we are currently at capacity for the attendee list. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, you can email** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


In a country divided between humans and witchers, Venus Stoneheart hustles as a brewer making illegal love potions to support her family.

Love potions is a dangerous business. Brewing has painful, debilitating side effects, and getting caught means death or a prison sentence. But what Venus is most afraid of is the dark, sentient magic within her.

Then an enemy's iron bullet kills her mother, Venus's life implodes. Keeping her reckless little sister Janus safe is now her responsibility. When the powerful Grand Witcher, the ruthless head of her coven, offers Venus the chance to punish her mother's killer, she has to pay a steep price for revenge. The cost? Brew poisonous potions to enslave D.C.'s most influential politicians.

As Venus crawls deeper into the corrupt underbelly of her city, the line between magic and power blurs, and it's hard to tell who to trust…Herself included.

The Poisons We Drink is a potent YA debut about a world where love potions are weaponized against hate and prejudice, sisterhood is unbreakable, and self-love is life and death.


Bethany Baptiste is an inner-city educator by day and a young adult SFF novelist by night. If she’s not writing a lesson plan or a story, she does retail therapy in Florida bookstores and takes scheduled naps with her three chaotic evil dogs. You can visit her at or @storysorcery on Twitter.


Chardai Powell (she/her) is a bookseller and book influencer. Prior to joining Loyalty, she was living in Chicago  studying Journalism at Columbia College. She is passionate about sharing black stories written by black authors on black characters to the world. Her bookstagram/Booktok handle is @pageswithchar

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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
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ISBN: 9781728251950
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - April 30th, 2024

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