Author Archives: Ibi Zoboi

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Prison reform advocate and member of the Exonerated Five Yusef Salaam and award-winning author Ibi Zoboi join “CBS This Morning” to discuss their young adult novel, “Punching the Air.” The book examines fighting for one’s truth and humanity, in a … Continue reading

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Take a look at the cover by artist Frank Morrison for My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, out August 2019. Continue reading

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Black is… Whatever you want it to be. There are countless ways to be Black enough, and some of the incredible authors contributing to the powerful new anthology stopped by to tell us just what that means. See what Jason … Continue reading

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In Pride, Ibi Zoboi remixes the classic with some inspiration pulled from her Brooklyn home. Take a peek into the world that inspired Pride! Brought to you by Epic Reads.

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Check out the full article in Entertainment Weekly!

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This lecture was an extension of my 2013-14 graduate thesis for the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I spent two years studying middle grade and Young Adult fiction that either … Continue reading

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Today marks the 7th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. a day that strengthened my resolve to continue telling the stories of my beloved Haiti and Haitian people. I am so grateful to be able to do just that … Continue reading

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I delivered the keynote address to the 2016 graduating class of Brownsville Academy High School. BAHS was featured on the news a few years ago for the innovative art program. BAHS is also a “last chance” high school, or “over-age, … Continue reading

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At long last, the cover of American Street, is featured on YA Highway. Here’s what I had to say about the cover: When I first saw this cover, I gasped. AMERICAN STREET is indeed a colorful, chaotic, yet beautiful profile … Continue reading

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I was floored by this one. And it sent me over the moon. Simultaneously. I first discovered Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak! in an Afrocentric book store in Green Acres Mall near my hometown of Cambria Heights, Queens. It was 1998 … Continue reading

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I’m taking great care in revealing these blurbs one by one because each author has made room in their busy schedules to read, examine, and comment on this story. Their work touches on the themes or aesthetics in my own … Continue reading

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I really don’t know how blurbs from authors affect readers’ perception of any book. But as a debut author, they mean a whole lot to me. It means a hat tip and a nod of approval from fellow writers, comrades … Continue reading

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I’ll be slowly unveiling of the beautiful cover of AMERICAN STREET, due out everywhere on February 14, 2017–Valentine’s Day. Of course, it’s a love story, and then some! Every inch of the cover tells a story, including the white space. … Continue reading

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This story… If I didn’t post, tweet, or blog about it, I squeezed it into this book. ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blackgirlmagic‬ (literally) ‪#‎HaitiLovesDetroit‬ ‪#‎HaitiLovesFlint‬ ‪#‎HaitiLovesNOLA‬ From Publisher’s Weekly: Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has preempted author Ibi Zoboi’s YA debut, American … Continue reading

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I wrote a guest post for an amazing new blog started by some equally amazing librarians and children’s book experts in the field–Reading While White. I really wanted to address a recent debate sparked by an award-winning YA author, but … Continue reading

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I am so excited about this story, of course! And I’m proud to be working with editor extraordinaire, Andrew Karre of Dutton Young Readers/Penguin, who helped usher into the world NO CRYSTAL STAIR: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LIFE AND WORK … Continue reading

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There’s a new YA novel set in post-earthquake Haiti. So exciting! There’s now enough post-earthquake Haitian literature for a whole college course! I was so honored to be able to review this book for the New York Times! ‘HOLD TIGHT, … Continue reading

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I’ll be hosting a reading and book signing with recent National Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, Renee Watson, Tonya Cherie Hegamin, and Zetta Elliott as part of the I AM HERE: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces exhibit! All of these wonderful authors’ … Continue reading

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A degree in basket weaving… This is supposed to be a metaphor for a useless degree—a degree that will reap no financial rewards whatsoever. There’s an art to basket weaving, of course. In fact, I own many baskets, like the colorful … Continue reading

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I Am Here: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces- an  exhibition of photographs and words curated by Delphine Fawunda & Ibi Zoboi From Curator, Ibi Zoboi: As a mother of two daughters, it’s become crucial for me to constantly think of safe … Continue reading

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for the mothers. and the holes they must fill.    The breath, the sweat the in, the out the rhythm the push, the pull the force, the life the egg so round the pulsing the heat the rising like air … Continue reading

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Here’s the second event for the Brooklyn Blossoms Book Club! I love the idea of a U.N. sanctioned International Day of the Girl (October 11th).  This brings to light all the atrocities that girls are facing around the world. I … Continue reading

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Mom of the month?! Okay. I’ll take that. Though this was part of the mater mea feature. I do feel special, however. No impostor syndrome here. I deserve all accolades. I used to type while nursing. That involves some serious … Continue reading

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My children and I were featured on this wonderful site highlighting mothers of color. I worked with a fantastic team of journalists, editors, and photographers. Very impressive. So honored to have had the opportunity to share my mothering story. I … Continue reading

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