Librarian Natalie McCall talks with Kim Johnson, author of This Is My America, a thrilling mystery that explores racial injustice and the American justice system (think The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy). Kim was active in social justice as a teen and college student and now mentors student activists and leaders in her role as a college administrator.
Natalie and Kim talked mysteries (are you the type of reader who sits back and enjoys the ride or the type that searches for clues to solve the case?), the limited opportunities which have existed for Black writers in American publishing, and whether young readers should be protected from reading about dark or frightening topics.
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