Avid Bookshop presents YA author and poet Elizabeth Acevedo for her debut novel The Poet X. This event will be hosted on March 13 at our Prince Ave. location from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. However, to hold a spot in the signing line you must purchase The Poet X from Avid Bookshop. You can purchase a book at the event, from Avid Bookshop beforehand, or from us online. We encourage you to purchase a copy of this title and to get it signed by the author!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
(In her own words)
"I hail from New York City and I'm the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants (Wepa!). I've gotten all kinds of schooling: from learning the essential elements of writing and performing at the little park on my block, to receiving a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. I've been a part of corner cyphers, and fancy workshops and I don't put those credits here to big myself up, but just to pay respects to the academic and non-academic settings that inform my work; that forced me to find my voice and taught me to take up space.
I been writing and performing for a long-ass time; been on television, given TEDTalks, traveled all over the world and all over the country on tour. I write both poetry and fiction and it's not a stretch to say, I love language. I commit wholeheartedly to the mission that my mother's stories will not die with her. I believe wholeheartedly telling my own story is an act of love and survival."