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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
700 Penn
700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 2nd Floor (The Yard)
Washington, DC 20003

Cover of "A Phoenix First Must Burn"

This event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required for entry. Register here and reserve your copy of the book.

East City Bookshop welcomes Patrice Caldwell with A Phoenix First Must Burn, a collection of fantasy, science fiction, and magic stories that explore the Black experience, in conversation with contributing authors Elizabeth Acevedo and Justina Ireland.

The book talk will begin at 7 PM, and doors will open at 6:30 PM. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk.

East City Bookshop is collecting donations of A Phoenix First Must Burn to be distributed to students from DC-area schools attending the talks. If you would like to donate a copy, you can do so when purchasing a ticket on Eventbrite, at the store, or you can buy a copy online. If you purchase online, please let us know in the order comments that your order is for donation.

About A Phoenix First Must Burn:

Evoking Beyoncé's Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler's heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Elizabeth Acevedo headshot in circle frameElizabeth Acevedo is a New York Times best selling author. She is the winner of a National Book Award, Printz Award, Boston Globe-Hornbook Award, Pura Belpré Award, Walter Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Award, amongst other accolades. Her books include, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes 2016), The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), With The Fire On High (HarperCollins, 2019), and Clap When You Land (HarperCollins, 2020). Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and resides in Washington, DC with her love. She can be reached on social media platforms at @AcevedoWrites.
Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder and fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing—a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and Patrice Caldwell headshot in a frameuplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to be a literary agent. In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on The Writer’s Digest podcast and Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.

Justina Ireland is the author of Dread Nation, a New York Times bestseller, an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten selection. Her other books for children and teens include Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and the Star Wars novel Lando’s Luck. She enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, dog and cats in Maryland. You can visit her online at  

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope Cover Image
By Patrice Caldwell (Editor)
ISBN: 9781984835659
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020