Patrice Caldwell: A Phoenix First Must Burn
Tuesday March 10: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Evoking Beyoncé's Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler's heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.
Join us in the Rare Book Room for a celebration of the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn.
Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder and fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing—a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to be a literary agent. In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on The Writer’s Digest podcast and Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of 10 women changing the book world.
Danny Lore (they/them) is a queer black writer/editor raised in Harlem and currently based in the Bronx. They've worked in comic and gaming shops since the beginning of time. They've had their short fiction published by FIYAH, Podcastle, Fireside, Nightlight, EFNIKS.com and more. Their comics work includes Queen of Bad Dreams for Vault Comics, Quarter Killer for Comixology, and James Bond for Dynamite Comics in December 2019. They have short comics in Dead Beats and The Good Fight. They edited The Good Fight anthology and The Wilds (Black Mask comics). They live with their amazing wife and doubly amazing cat.
Dhonielle Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series, and the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series and the The Rumor Game. Her short stories have been included in the following anthologies: The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood, Unbroken edited by Marieke Nijkamp, Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet, Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi, Foreshadow edited by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan, and Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. Dhonielle earned an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in Writing for Children at the New School. Dhonielle taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, 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. Dhonielle is an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. You can find her lurking online @brownbookworm on the Twitterverse and Instagram.
Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, the Stealing Snow series, and the graphic novel MERA Tidebreaker. In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.
Ashley Woodfolk has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and works in children’s book publishing. She writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment, where she lives with her cute husband and her cuter dog. Ashley is the author of The Beauty That Remains and When You Were Everything.
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020. Her upcoming YA novels include Star Wars: A Crash of Fate and Incendiary. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.