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Leila Mottley in Person

Join us live and in-person on Wednesday, June 8 as Leila Mottley joins us to talk about Nightcrawling: A novel.  She will be joined in conversation by Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Mount Holyoke College. Nightcrawling is the June 2022 selection for the Odyssey First Editions Club

About the Book

Kiara and her brother, Marcus, are barely scraping by in a squalid 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. And 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.
 
Full of edge, raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before. 

About the Author

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 Kijua Sanders-McMurtry

Originally from Pasadena, California, Sanders-McMurtry was inspired to become a full-time diversity educator after the deaths of Matthew Shepard and Sakia Gunn. Both individuals were targeted and killed because of their gender and sexual identities.

A nationally recognized advocate for diversity and inclusion, Sanders-McMurtry has been quoted in publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and Insight into Diversity magazine. Her research has been published in the Journal of Higher Education and she has presented nationally at a wide range of conferences and institutions.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318935
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

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