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Patrice Caldwell in Conversation with Nalo Hopkinson

We're pleased to welcome Patrice Caldwell for her debut anthology A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (out 3/10/2020)! She'll be in conversation with local author Nalo Hopkinson (House of WhispersFalling in Love with Hominids).

Beyonce's Lemonade meets Octavia Butler in sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors (including Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, and Ibi Zoboi) that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Owner Linda says of Phoenix, "If story is the ground in which we plant the seeds of our stronger, prouder selves, more comfortable in our skins no matter what shade, what gender or non-conforming gender, then give Caldwell's collection to every teen you know and watch the blooms."

Pre-order A Phoenix First Must Burn in-store or online. Tickets are required to attend this event. A purchase of a bundle ticket includes one copy of the book. To guarantee you get a copy of the book in time for the event and before we sell out, we recommend purchasing a book bundle! Only books pre-ordered from Cellar Door Bookstore will be permitted to the signing. 

Patrice Caldwell is the founder and fund-raising chair of People of Color in Publishing, a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children's book editor before shifting to writing full-time. Visit her online at

Nalo Hopkinson is an award-winning novelist linked with the afrofuturism literary movement, including works like Brown Girl in the RingMidnight Robber, and The New Moon's Arms. Hopkinson teaches fiction writing at the University of California, Riverside, where she is a member of a faculty research cluster on science-fiction.

Event date: 
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
5225 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507
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A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope Cover Image
By Patrice Caldwell (Editor)
ISBN: 9781984835659
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020