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Tue, Jun 07



Author Talk: Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Join us in discussion with Leila Mottley as we celebrate the release of Nightcrawling! Leila will be joined by Antonia Adams (@BlackGirlThatReads).

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Author Talk: Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
Author Talk: Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Time & Location

Jun 07, 2022, 7:00 PM

Brooklyn, 234 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

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  • All attendees must wear a face mask at all times.
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  • Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Join us in discussion with Leila Mottley and Antonia Adams (@BlackGirlThatReads) as we celebrate the release of Nightcrawling, A dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system—the debut of a blazingly original voice that “bursts at the seams of every page and swallows you whole” (Tommy Orange, best-selling author of There There)

About Nightcrawling

Kiara and her brother, Marcus, are scraping by in an East Oakland apartment complex optimistically called the Regal-Hi. Both have dropped out of high school, their family fractured by death and prison. But while Marcus clings to his dream of rap stardom, Kiara hunts for work to pay their rent—which has more than doubled—and to keep the nine-year-old boy next door, abandoned by his mother, safe and fed.   One night, what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling. Her world breaks open even further when her name surfaces in an investigation that exposes her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.   Rich with raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before.

About Leila Mottley

LEILA MOTTLEY is the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and Oprah Daily. She was born and raised in Oakland, where she continues to live. Nightcrawling is her first novel.

About Antonia Adams

Antonia spends her days surrounded by books. Her day job involves helping young children become lifelong readers. In the evenings, she reads and shares about books online (@BlackGirlThatReads). 


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