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Renée Watson and Elizabeth Acevedo Discusses Love is a Revolution

February 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST

About the Event 

Renee Watson is a New York Times bestselling writer, educator, Rethinking Schools contributor and community activist. Her children’s and young adult novels have won several awards and entertained countless readers around the world. So we are excited and honored to be hosting the launch event for Renee Watson’s newest book Love is a Revolution. Join us on publication day for a conversation between Renee and another superstar writer, Elizabeth Acevedo. They will discuss the new book, take questions, and have a general good time celebrating the launch/birthday of Renees’ highly anticipated new book, Love is a Revolution.

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About the Book

From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Renée Watson comes a love story about not only a romantic relationship but how a girl finds herself and falls in love with who she really is. 

When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for the community when Nala would rather watch movies and try out the new seasonal flavors at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have enough in common with him. As they spend more time together, sharing more of themselves, some of those lies get harder to keep up. As Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and into love, she’ll learn all the ways love is hard, and how self-love is revolutionary.

In Love Is a Revolution, plus size girls are beautiful and get the attention of the hot guys, the popular girl clique is not shallow but has strong convictions and substance, and the ultimate love story is not only about romance but about how to show radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.

About the Authors

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. Her books include Love is a RevolutionWays to Make SunshineSome Places More Than OthersThis Side of HomeWhat Momma Left MeBetty Before X, co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, co-written with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem’s Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

Elizabeth Acevedois the author of The Poet X–which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award–as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.


February 2, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST