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Sun, Sep 24


Cafe con Libros, Bk.

Author Event: "All The Fighting Parts" with Hannah V. Sawyerr.

Please join us to celebrate the debut of "All The Fighting Parts;" a searing and defiant young adult novel in verse about reclaiming agency after a sexual assault within the church community.

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Author Event: "All The Fighting Parts" with Hannah V. Sawyerr.
Author Event: "All The Fighting Parts" with Hannah V. Sawyerr.

Time & Location

Sep 24, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM EDT

Cafe con Libros, Bk., 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA

About the Event

About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Amina Conteh has always believed in using her voice as her weapon—even when it gets her into trouble. After cursing at a classmate, her father forces her to volunteer at their church with Pastor Johnson.   But Pastor Johnson isn’t the holy man everyone thinks he is.   The same voice Amina uses to fight falls quiet the night she is sexually assaulted by Pastor Johnson. After that, her life starts to unravel: her father is frustrated that her grades are slipping, and her best friend and boyfriend don’t understand why the once loud and proud girl is now quiet and distant. In a world that claims to support survivors, Amina wonders who will support her when her attacker is everyone’s favorite community leader.   When Pastor Johnson is arrested for a different crime, the community is shaken and divided; some call him a monster and others defend him. But Amina is secretly relieved. She no longer has to speak because Pastor Johnson can’t hurt her anymore—or so she believes.   To regain her voice and sense of self, Amina must find the power to confront her abuser—in the courtroom and her heart—and learn to use all the fighting parts within her.

About the Author:

Hannah V. Sawyerr was recognized as the Youth Poet Laureate of Baltimore in 2016. Her spoken word has been featured on the BBC's World Have Your Say program as well as the National Education Association's "Do You Hear Us?" campaign. Her written word has been included in gal-dem, Rookie, and xoNecole. She holds a BA in English from Morgan State University and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. Sawyerr is an English professor at Loyola Marymount University and lives in Los Angeles.

Artavia Jarvis is an author and book critic from New York City. She is well known for her book reviews on Instagram and BookTok. Her mission is to educate and encourage readers to diversify their bookshelves with writing by women of color while creating a warm community online.


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