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Vermont Humanities Welcomes Angie Thomas Over Zoom May 26 7pm
By Sahra Ali
Montpelier VT: On May 26 at 7:00 pm, Vermont Humanities will host Angie Thomas, author of the Young Adult bestseller The Hate U Give, in a free virtual presentation as part of its Vermont Reads program. The public is invited to register for the event at www.vermonthumanities.org/thomas.
Vermont Reads is Vermont Humanities’ statewide community reading program. Since 2003, the organization has invited students, adults, and seniors across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes. The organization chose The Hate U Give as its Vermont Reads selection in 2020.
“We’re so excited to welcome Angie to Vermont – at least virtually,” said Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, the executive director of Vermont Humanities. “Her book about the Black Lives Matter movement is finding an even wider audience now than when it was first published in 2017. And the themes in the book have been brought into sharper focus for millions of Americans by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury.”
Thomas will lead a second event for Vermont middle and high school students, school staff, and librarians on the morning of Thursday, May 27. Homeschooled students and those learning remotely during this pandemic year will also be granted access to the closed event.
Both events are presented in partnership with the Vermont Department of Libraries, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Partnerships for Literacy and Learning, the Vermont Library Association, and the Vermont School Library Association.
“Libraries play a pivotal role in helping people understand historical and contemporary topics,” said Vermont State Librarian Jason Broughton. “Conversations such as this offer enlightenment, hope, resilience, and connection for all attendees. We are honored to provide this experience to Vermonters and hope everyone will come away from the conversation with a sense of purpose and unity.”
Thomas is the recipient of the William C. Morris Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She was nominated for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award and is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books.
Born, raised, and still residing in Jackson, Mississippi, Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University “and an unofficial degree in hip hop,” according to her biography.
Vermont Humanities recently announced that its Vermont Reads choice for 2021 will be Sarah Henstra’s book, We Contain Multitudes. For more information about Vermont Reads visit www.vtreads.org.
About Vermont Humanities
A statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1974, Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Learn more at www.vermonthumanities.org