Interview by Paul Salfen

She’s been called one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. Her debut novel, THE HATE U GIVE, started as a senior project in college. It was later acquired in a 13-publisher auction and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. THE HATE U GIVE was adapted into a critically acclaimed film from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. The Hate U Give (2017) follows Starr Carter, a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer. With over 3.5 million books sold, The Hate U Give has remained on the bestseller list for 249 weeks and counting. Available in over 36 territories worldwide and translated into 35 languages, The Hate U Give received 8 starred reviews, was a William C. Morris Award winner, a Printz Honor Book, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, and a National Book Award Longlist title and has been named to numerous state and national award lists.

CONCRETE ROSE (2021) is set 17 years before the events of THE HATE U GIVE, following Maverick Carter, Starr’s father, as a teen. With over 250,000 books sold, this instant #1 New York Times bestseller is a searing exploration of Black boyhood that spent 19 weeks on the bestseller list, was named a Printz Honor Book, and received multiple starred reviews and honors. Concrete Rose is available in over 15 territories worldwide and has been translated into 14 languages.

ABOUT ANGIE THOMAS: Angie Thomas is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the novels The Hate UGive, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. She is also a coauthor of the New York Times bestselling novel Blackout. Angie divides her time between Atlanta and her native Mississippi. You can find her online at or follow her on Instagram @angiethomas Facebook: and Twitter @angiecthomas


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