Oblong Online: Hudson Valley YA Society Book Launch: Jas Hammonds, WE DESERVE MONUMENTS

Event date: 
Monday, November 28, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST via Zoom

In conversation with Mekisha Telfer and hosted by Oblong Books' Nicole Brinkley.

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Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide...author Jas Hammonds talks with Editor Mekisha Telfer about We Deserve Monuments - their gripping debut novel that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.

Jas HammondsWe Deserve Monuments by Jas HammondsMekisha Telfer, Editor

What’s more important: Knowing the truth or keeping the peace? Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she's uprooted from her life in DC and forced into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery’s mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and unearths past drama they refuse to talk about. Every time Avery tries to look deeper, she’s turned away, leaving her desperate to learn the secrets that split her family in two. While tempers flare in her avoidant family, Avery finds friendship in unexpected places: in Simone Cole, her captivating next-door neighbor, and Jade Oliver, daughter of the town’s most prominent family―whose mother’s murder remains unsolved.

"A gripping portrayal of the South's inherent racism and a love story for queer Black girls." ―Teen Vogue

Jas Hammonds was raised in many cities and in between the pages of many books. They have received support for their writing from Lambda Literary, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and the Highlights Foundation. They are also a grateful recipient of a MacDowell James Baldwin Fellowship. We Deserve Monuments is their debut novel.
Mekisha Telfer is an editor at Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. She has edited books for all ages, including award-winning picture books like We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade and young adult novels like We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds and She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen. Before her time at Macmillan, she worked at Simon & Schuster BFYR/Salaam Reads and for the 360-degree media company, Glasstown Entertainment. The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Mekisha is passionate about equitable representation and making space for new voices within the publishing industry. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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ISBN: 9781250816559
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 29th, 2022