VIRTUAL EVENT--Jewell Parker Rhodes in Conversation with Kelly McWilliams

Award-winning children's author, Jewell Parker Rhodes, will be in conversation with fellow kid's author Kelly McWilliams. This is a virtual event on ZOOM, RSVP required to

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Jewell Parker Rhodes is author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor, Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and Ghost Boys, a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback editions. She has also written many award-winning novels for adults. Find out more about her work at

Her latest book, Black Brother, Black Brother (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; March 2020) is a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.  Rhodes explores important and timely topics like race, colorism, class, and institutionalized prejudice, within the context of a commercial and accessible underdog sports story.

Kelly McWilliams is the author of a new book that will be launching on June 9th, titled Agnes at the End of the World (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; June 2020).  Exploring themes of faith and the damage caused by the patriarchy, Agnes at the End of the World is set in a cult-controlled and insular community, while the outside world is ravaged by a terrifying virus. A gripping and emotionally powerful story of a young woman and her utter selflessness, this standalone novel will send chills down your spine.

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek--its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. What she doesn't know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Kelly McWilliams is a mixed-race writer who has always gravitated towards stories about crossing boundaries and forging new identities. For this and so many other reasons, young adult literature will always be close to her heart. Her upcoming novel, Agnes at the End of the World, benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship. She has loved crafting stories all her life, and her very first novel, Doormat, was published when she was just fifteen-years old. Kelly has also worked as a staff writer for Romper, covering issues important to women and families. She lives in Colorado with her partner and young daughter. Find out more about her work at

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Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 3:00pm
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