Join us for a virtual reading with Catherine Adel West, author of Saving Ruby King, and Leesa Cross-Smith, author of So We Can Glow, on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 PM CDT!
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Saving Ruby King was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by The Every Girl, PureWow, Book Riot, Library Journal and more.
When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it means she’ll be living alone with her violent father. The only person who understands the gravity of her situation is Ruby’s best friend, Layla. Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what are his true motives? And what is the price for turning a blind eye?
Saving Ruby King is an emotional and revelatory story of race, family secrets, faith and redemption. This is an unforgettable debut novel from an exciting new voice in fiction and a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present, and that the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.
"The characters, language, and plot come together for a story full of hard truths, insight, and warmth...A multilayered love letter to South Side Chicago’s African American faith-based community." Kirkus Reviews
So We Can Glow is a lush, glittering short story collection exploring female obsession and desire by an award-winning author Roxane Gay calls "a consummate storyteller."
Leesa Cross-Smith's sensuous stories -- some long, some gone in a flash, some told over text and emails -- drench readers in nostalgia for summer nights and sultry days. They recall the intense friendships of teenage girls and the innate bonds between mothers, the first heady rush of desire, and the pure exhilaration of womanhood, all while holding up the wild souls of women so they can catch the light.
Catherine Adel West is an editor living and working in Chicago. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Her work is published in Black Fox, Five2One, Better than Starbucks, Doors Ajar, 805 Lit + Art, The Helix Magazine, Lunch Ticket and Gay Magazine. Saving Ruby King is her first novel.
Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and the author of So We Can Glow, Whiskey & Ribbons, Every Kiss A War and the forthcoming This Close To Okay. She lives in Kentucky.