Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The award-winning young adult novel, The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo, will be discussed by the Friends Book Group on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 in the Azalea Room at the Takoma Park Community Center. Written in verse, The Poet X
, tells how young Xiomara Batista in Harlem struggles with her family, religion, and adolescence in all its angst-ridden guises—acceptance, friendship, and sexuality. Eventually, she turns to slam poetry as her outlet to express what she feels. The Poet X
won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The novel also received the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Award from UK librarians earlier this year. Acevedo is the first woman of color to win this award. Copies of the book will be available at the Library; the discussion will take place in the Azalea Room in the Takoma Park Community Center.