Brooke Obie’s BOOK OF ADDIS out today!


It’s my pleasure to announce that today is publication day for one of our featured readers, the very talented Brooke Obie! Her first novel BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS is on sale today, 6/1. A selection from the novel was well received at our January reading, and Susan Cheever calls it “brilliant,” so of course we’re excited to get our hands on this!

About the book: When 17-year-old enslaved girl Addis accidentally kills her enslaver, the first president of the young country Amerika, she unwittingly becomes the face of the greatest conflict in the nation’s short history. On the run for her life, with unlikely friends and a world of enemies, Addis becomes the most wanted person alive and a global symbol of hope for enslaved people longing for freedom.

About the author: Brooke C. Obie, JD, MFA, is an award-winning writer. Her work has appeared in Ebony, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. Her thesis for The New School’s MFA in Fiction program, which became Book of Addis, was a finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship. She’s attended a writing workshop with Columbia University in Paris, France and will attend the Callaloo Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters workshop at Oxford University in July 2016. Brooke lives happily in Harlem.

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