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 www.angiethomas.com or follow her on Instagram @angiethomas Facebook: www.facebook.com/