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Beyond the Page Annual Benefit Luncheon 2019

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12 Noon

Hyatt regency, Downtown Houston



2019 Featured Speaker:
New York Times best-selling author, Angie Thomas

Her ground-breaking debut novel, The Hate U Give, is described as a literary ramrod that will be remembered as a classic. Angie Thomas will take us beyond the page with a presentation that brings alertness to the vibrant truths of our culture and social climate. The Hate U Give stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for over 50 weeks and was recently released as a motion picture.


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about Angie Thomas

For its “pointed examinations of gun violence, racial profiling, and political activism,” Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has been called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” Part of a 13-house publishing auction, the novel is now a major motion picture from Fox 2000—directed by George Tillman and starring Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg. Called “stunning” by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), The Hate U Give explores the world of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter: a girl who walks a careful line between her upper-crust prep school and the poverty-stricken neighborhood where she grew up. But when she witnesses a police officer shooting her best friend Khalil—an unarmed youth—Starr is plunged into even more uncertainty. How can she speak her truth, navigate upheaval, and keep herself safe in an increasingly dangerous world? Starr’s choices, for herself and for her community, are hard—but “don’t look away from this searing battle for justice,” writes Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not).

Angie Thomas is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Born, raised, and still residing in Jackson, Mississippi—and a former teen rapper—she holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in hip hop.




Hyatt Regency, Downtown Houston

1200 Louisiana
Houston, TX 77002


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