It’s not like a regular book club, it’s a cool book club. Tina Fey, writer of Mean Girls, will join the cast of the popular 2018 Broadway show in a virtual book club intended to discuss racial inequality and justice throughout the United States.
The first meeting will be centered upon the 2017 novel, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. Thomas developed the book based on a short story she’d written in college following the police shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009. Narrated by Starr Carter, the plot follows the sixteen-year-old as she commutes to an affluent private school in a city with an extensively large white population, while living in a low-income neighborhood. Carter finds her life changed forever when a white police officer shoots and kills her childhood friend. As she does her best to spread awareness of the shooting, the social climate becomes strained.
This year, Thomas spoke of her wishes to positively influence black youth through her writing.
I hope that young black people pick up [my books] and they walk away feeling empowered. I hope they walk away with a better understanding of themselves… Also, I hope that it gives other readers a better view of what it means to be a black person in America.
Thomas will be present to discuss her work, as will Krystina Alabado, Sabrina Carpenter, and Chad Burris, among many others.
The book club begins July 7th, 4:00 PM eastern time. The series’ upcoming dates are yet to be announced.