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About Kimberly Jones
Kimberly Jones is a former bookseller, and now she Hosts the Atlanta Chapter of the popular Well Read Black Girl book club.
She has worked in film and television with trailblazing figures such as Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG. Currently, in addition to writing YA novels, she is a director of feature films and cutting-edge diverse web series. She also regularly lectures on working and succeeding in the Atlanta film market.
Kim's book roots run deep. She served on the Selection Committee for Library of Congress' 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, the 2015 Children’s Choice Illustrator Committee for The Children's Book Council, and the advisory board that created the Creative and Innovative Education Master’s Degree program at Georgia State University. She has been featured in Seventeen, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and was Book Brahmin in an issue of Shelf Awareness. James Patterson and the American Booksellers Association chose her as one of the inaugural winners to receive a holiday bonus for her outstanding work as an indie bookseller.
She resides in Atlanta and is the proud mother of a gifted boy. She lives for synthetic wigs and nail art, as her style icons are Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, and Diana Ross.
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The New York Times Bestseller!
"An absolute page turner, I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact. " —Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
An NAACP Image Award Nominee, I'm Not Dying with You Tonight follows two teen girls—one black, one white—who have to confront their own assumptions about racial inequality as they rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has set their city on fire with civil unrest.
Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school.
When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together.
They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night.
This book is perfect for:
- Sparking conversations about prejudice and the racial tension that exists in America
- Parents and educators looking for multicultural and African American books for teens
- Fans of Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Jason Reynolds
Additional Praise for I'm Not Dying with You Tonight:
"A vital addition to the YA race relations canon." —Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
"An astounding achievement. This novel is an incendiary experience, one that does not shy away from difficult questions about privilege and violence. But Jones and Segal don't hold our hands to provide us easy answers; this is a book meant to be devoured in a single sitting and discussed for years to come." —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift
"I'm Not Dying With You Tonight is a powerful examination of privilege, and how friends are often found in surprising places. Jones and Segal have penned a page-turning debut, as timely as it is addictive." —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland and Kids of Appetite
‘So if I played four hundred rounds of Monopoly with you and I had to play and give you every dime that I made, and then for fifty years, every time that I played, if you didn’t like what I did, you got to burn it like they did in Tulsa and like they did in Rosewood, how can you win? How can you win?’
When Kimberly Jones declared these words amid the protests spurred by George Floyd’s murder, she captured the world’s attention. Millions of people watched the video of her speech, riveted by her damning analysis of the enduring disparities Black Americans face.
In How We Can Win, Jones delves into the impacts of systemic racism and reveals how her formative years in Chicago gave birth to a lifelong devotion to justice. Here, in a vital expansion of her declaration, she calls for a multilayered plan to reclaim economic and social restitutions—promised with emancipation but blocked, again and again, for more than one hundred and fifty years. And, crucially, Jones delivers strategies for how we can all effect change in the fight against a system that is still rigged.
Kimberly Jones is an activist, a writer, a former bookseller and the host of the Well-Read Black Girl book club’s Atlanta chapter. She has directed feature films and a cutting-edge diverse web series and is also co-author of the bestselling young-adult novels I'm Not Dying with You Tonight (an NAACP Image Award finalist) and Why We Fly.
‘Kimberly Jones hits as hard as Serena Williams and has the intellectual range of Angela Davis. How We Can Win is genius—written with the cadence of hip-hop and the intellectual energy of jazz. Jones understands the relationship between America’s streets and its boardrooms, and she delivers her lessons with heart, nuance and a complexity that belie the simplicity of her prose. This book is both a praise song for Black life and a manual for humanity.’ Sisonke Msimang
‘Kimberly truly took my breath away the first time I heard her speak. Learning from all of her work continues to be such a privilege. No punches pulled, no opportunities for change missed, and no lies told. I am so grateful this generation has a voice like hers to guide us.’ Jameela Jamil
‘A fierce, poignant, poetic, and necessary examination of race, class, and what it means to be a Black female activist up against the colonial mindset of modern America.’ Maxine Beneba Clarke
Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable book in the Young Adult category
From the New York Times bestselling authors of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight comes a story about friendship, privilege, sports, and protest.
With a rocky start to senior year, cheerleaders and lifelong best friends Eleanor and Chanel have a lot on their minds. Eleanor is still in physical therapy months after a serious concussion from a failed cheer stunt. Chanel starts making questionable decisions to deal with the mounting pressure of college applications. But they have each other's backs—just as always, until Eleanor's new relationship with star quarterback Three starts a rift between them.
Then, the cheer squad decides to take a knee at the season's first football game, and what seemed like a positive show of solidarity suddenly shines a national spotlight on the team—and becomes the reason for a larger fallout between the girls. As Eleanor and Chanel grapple with the weight of the consequences as well as their own problems, can the girls rely on the friendship they've always shared?
Praise for I'm Not Dying with You Tonight:
A Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick
"Compelling and powerful"—Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
"A vital addition to the YA race relations canon."—Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
"Important reading for both teenagers and adults."—Hello Giggles
"Not to be missed."—Paste Magazine
Lena hat Stil, einen coolen Freund und einen Plan. Campbell dagegen will einfach nur das Jahr an der neuen Schule schaffen. Als die Mädchen ein Footballmatch besuchen, geraten sie plötzlich in eine Masseneskalation. Eine Eskalation, die von Hass und Gewalt getragen ist und bei der sich beide unverhofft Seite an Seite wiederfinden. Lena und Campbell sind nicht befreundet. Doch das ist unwichtig, wenn die Stadt in Flammen steht und man aufeinander angewiesen ist, will man die Nacht überleben ...
Ein aufwühlender und hochaktueller Roman von Autorenduo Kimberly Jones und Gilly Segal, der ein Schlaglicht wirft auf Rassismus und ethnische Beziehungen.
A simple trip to the bookstore turned out to actually be a rights of passage that opened the door to an ancient family gift and secret. Every few generations a girl child is chosen to reset the path of unfinished family business. With the selection of the perfect journal from Ms. Jarrell's bookshop Little One sets of a series of events that allows her and her Grandmother to finally put an urban legend built around her family to rest.
Based on the urban legend of the Yazoo witch of Mississppi this skillfully crafted short story speaks to the inner power in all of us, but especially touches on the magic and power of young women, particularly those with Black Girl Magic.