Towne Talks: Jessica Powers
In celebration of Black History Month, join us at Towne Center Books on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00pm for our first ever "Towne Talks" with author J.L. Powers.
She will be speaking about her newest novel, Under Water, as well as her other works. Under Water is a novel focused on 17-year-old Khosi in Pietermaritizburg, South Africa after she has lost her grandmother. Trying to stay afloat, Khosi must now take care of her little sister Zi, earn a living as a healer, and try to finish school, all while suffering accusations of withcraft from the community around her.
J.L. Powers is the author of the award-winning title This Thing Called the Future, a BBYA Book of 2012, a Bank Street Best Books of 2012, a Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2011, and the winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book as well as the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. She co-authored the Broken Circle series with her brother (Akashic Books). She has two graduate degrees in African History from SUNY-Albany and Stanford and studied Zulu for three years, including a Fulbright-Hayes to study Zulu at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritizburg, where she became familiar with Imbali township. She is founder and editor of the online blog, The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children’s Literature. In 2017, she launched Catalyst Press to publish African writers and African-based books. Her most recent book, Under Water, is a sequel to This Thing Called the Future and is being published in February 2019.