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Virtual Event: Lit Out Loud - Ace of Spades

Sunday, June 6, 2021 - 1:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé with her new book Ace of Spades, joined by audiobook narrators Jeanette Illidge and Tapiwa Mugweni.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here. Registration is required.

This event is an installment of Lit Out Loud, a series of virtual events that bring authors together in conversation with the audiobook narrators of their most beloved titles. Join us for a discussion of the process of writing and narrating a book, how it feels to hear your words read aloud and the power of engaging with a story using both your eyes and ears.

We strongly encourage our customers to purchase this event's audiobook through our partners at You can sign up via our virtual storefront here. Once you've created your account and logged in, you can purchase the Ace of Spades audiobook here.

Books will come with bookplates while supplies last.

About Ace of Spades

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

All you need to know is . . . I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. —Aces

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. After all, not only does it look great on college applications, but it officially puts each of them in the running for valedictorian, too.

Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures.

As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly?

About Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, and a collector of strange mugs. Faridah currently studies English Literature at a university in the Scottish Highlands.

About Jeanette Illidge

Jeanette Illidge is an accomplished Atlanta-based actor and singer and an award winning audiobook narrator. She is a fresh voice on the audiobook scene and is honored to have received an Audiofile Earphones Award within her first year of audiobook narration. Jeanette has recorded titles in several genres for Audible, Hachette Audio, HMH Audio, Macmillan Audio, Penguin Random House, and more. Her love of storytelling has allowed Jeanette to work across a variety of entertainment mediums including stage, screen, voiceover, and music. A proud graduate of SCAD with a BFA in Performing Arts Jeanette has a sincere passion for bringing characters and their stories to life. Follow along on her journey at or on Instagram @jeanetteillidge.

About Tapiwa Mugweni

Tapiwa Mugweni has worked as an actor from a young age, and has a wide range of experience. Theatre includes Reuben in Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Young Vic and a rehearsed reading of Sponge at the Royal Court, while feature film includes the role of the Runner in the opening scenes of Stan and Ollie. Tapiwa's TV roles are the American DJ in Chewing Gum, and an American Backpacker in The Innocents for Netflix, and he has also had lead roles in several short films, corporates and commercials and live events. He has extensive voiceover experience including video games and the Audiobook Take It for 2020 Productions.

Tapiwa is delighted to be providing the voice of Devon in the Audiobook The Ace of Spades for Macmillan Publishing.

Ace of Spades Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250800817
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 1st, 2021