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A Sitting in St. James: Rita Williams-Garcia's 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

My twelve-year-old self thought she would write fast and a lot. Back then, I raced through homework to get to the next pages of my autobiographical novel: Rita at Highland ­Elementary by Rita Highland Williams. The “­Highland”? As everyone knows, a serious writer should have three names! I chose the...
      

Fighting Words: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

I am honestly so stunned and grateful for this award. I never expected to write Fighting Words. I was at work on a different manuscript when yet another #MeToo story hit the media. I sat at my desk shaking with helplessness and rage; the first words I typed — My...
      

Punching the Air: Omar T. Pasha's 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

I’m very honored and humbled to have played a part in the creation of this book. I’m an admirer of both authors, Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five, for their work and life story, respectively. I’d like to thank them both, as well as Alison Donalty...
      

Punching the Air: Yusef Salaam's 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

Hello everyone, my name is Dr. Yusef Salaam, member of the Exonerated Five, and co-author of Punching the Air, alongside my friend Ibi Zoboi. I’d like to thank each person who has taken the time to engage with this story. I hope that it gives you a better understanding of...
      

Punching the Air: Ibi Zoboi's 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

Firstly, I always have to thank my co-author, Exonerated Five member Yusef Salaam, for extending such warmth and grace throughout our process of drafting, revising, publishing, and promoting Punching the Air, a story inspired by Yusef’s experiences as a wrongfully incarcerated teen. We can never truly understand Yusef’s journey. However,...
      

BGHB 2021: A Sitting in St. James

We've reached the culmination of Fiction and Poetry week in our month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Nicholl Denice Montgomery introduces the 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Winner A Sitting in St. James:   The 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented...
      

BGHB 2021: Punching the Air

Fiction and Poetry week continues in our month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Nicholl Denice Montgomery introduces the 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Book Punching the Air:   The 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to authors Ibi...
      

BGHB 2021: Fighting Words

Welcome to Fiction and Poetry week in our month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Nicholl Denice Montgomery introduces the 2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Book Fighting Words:   The 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to Kimberly Brubaker...
      

2021 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on June 23rd, 2021. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of the 2021 Fiction and Poetry winners here; see below for more...
      

Reviews of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia High School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    480 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-236729-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-236732-7    $10.99 Williams-Garcia, whose YA titles include the 1995 classic Like Sisters on the Homefront and Jumped (rev. 3/09), offers an unusual angle on the subject...
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