. . . was my first writer’s talk in Austin, sponsored by the awesome independent bookstore, Book People. She was as funny, inspiring, thoughtful, and brilliant as one might be after winning four Newberry Honors among many other literary accolades. Many of the literary events are held at the Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, a great space to gather and listen.

About to read her new adult novel, Red at the Bone. Read her beautiful memoir this summer, Brown Girl Dreaming. If you don’t know her work, run, don’t walk.