Fiction at Literati: Jas Hammonds

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is thrilled to welcome award-winning Young Adult author Jas Hammonds in celebration of their new book, Thirsty. They'll be joined in conversation by bestselling Young Adult author Angeline Boulley. 

About the Book: From Jas Hammonds, award-winning author of We Deserve Monuments, comes an unflinching novel about addiction that Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and I’m the Girl, called “sensitively wrought and gorgeously written.”

It’s the summer before college and eighteen-year-old Blake Brenner and her girlfriend, Ella, have one goal: join the mysterious and exclusive Serena Society. The sorority promises status and lifelong connections to a network of powerful, trailblazing women of color. Ella’s acceptance is a sure thing—she’s the daughter of a Serena alum. Blake, however, has a lot more to prove.

As a former loner from a working-class background, Blake lacks Ella’s pedigree and confidence. Luckily, she finds courage at the bottom of a liquor bottle. When she drinks, she’s bold, funny, and unstoppable—and the Serenas love it. But as pledging intensifies, so does Blake’s drinking, until it’s seeping into every corner of her life. Ella assures Blake that she’s fine; partying hard is what it takes to make the cut . . .

But success has never felt so much like drowning. With her future hanging in the balance and her past dragging her down, Blake must decide how far she’s willing to go to achieve her glittering dreams of success—and how much of herself she’s willing to lose in the process.

Jas Hammonds was raised in many cities and between the pages of many books. They have received support for their writing from Lambda Literary, Baldwin for the Arts, and the Highlights Foundation. They are also a grateful recipient of the MacDowell James Baldwin Fellowship. Their debut novel, We Deserve Monuments, won the 2023 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent, among many other accolades.

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. She is the author of instant New York Times-bestsellers Firekeeper's Daughter and Warrior Girl Unearthed.

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Thirsty: A Novel By Jas Hammonds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250816597
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 14th, 2024

We Deserve Monuments By Jas Hammonds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250327932
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2024

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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250866035
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Published: Square Fish - April 25th, 2023

Warrior Girl Unearthed By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250766588
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 2nd, 2023