Mark Oshiro + Tiffany Jackson
Tuesday May 22: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Mark and Tiffany sit down and talk about their new books with fellow author Dhonielle Clayton!
Mark Oshiro's new book Anger is a Gift follows Moss Jeffries, a student going through life with a good group of friends, but sometimes dreaming he could be someone else. Someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night. Mostly he wishes he didn’t feel so trapped as his school becomes more dominating, where students are treated more like criminals. When tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.
Tiffany Jackson's new book Monday's Not Coming tells the story of Claudia’s journey to find her missing best friend, Monday. Claudia and Monday have been inseparable for years, being almost like sister, so when Monday doesn’t show up at school Claudia is worried. When she doesn’t show up for weeks, Claudia knows that something is wrong, and when Monday’s family doesn’t answer her questions and no one seems to notice the missing teenager, Claudia becomes determined to find her friend.
Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of Allegedly. A TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7, she received her BA in Film from Howard University and her MA in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. You can visit her online at www.writeinbk.com.
Mark Oshiro is the Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and TV series. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015, and is the President of the Con or Bust Board of Directors. When not writing/recording reviews or editing, Oshiro engages in social activism online and offline. Anger is a Gift is his debut YA contemporary fiction novel.
Dhonielle Clayton hails from the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side. She earned an MA in children's literature from Hollins University and an MFA in writing for children at the New School. She taught secondary school for several years. Clayton is a former librarian and cofounder of Cake Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent-and decidedly diverse-literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women's fiction readers.