Delegate Profile

Angie Thomas

About

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Her debut novel The Hate U Give is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and was acquired by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-house auction. It has received starred reviews from 8 literary journals, one of the highest amounts received for a young adult novel, and will be published in over 20 countries. The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly both called it required reading. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Productions with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Thomas is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included.

Conference Sessions

  • Social Justice Warriors: Redefining Youthful Rebellion

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, Location: 1E10

    Each and every day is an opportunity for change. In this panel, YA authors Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), and Jacqueline Woodso...

    • Language: English
  • Angie Thomas Autographing - Saturday

    Jun 02, 2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English
  • The Real Reel

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    It’s so exciting to see books come to life on the big screen. How do those pieces come together to give readers what they are craving while satisfying movie-goe...

    • Language: English
  • Angie Thomas Autographing - Sunday

    Jun 03, 2018, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English
  • The Hate U Give

    Jun 03, 2018, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Location: Main Stage

    Don’t miss Amandla Stenberg, author Angie Thomas, and director George Tillman Jr. discuss the upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling book THE HATE U GIVE S...

    • Language: English

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