Author Elizabeth Acevedo Discusses Her Book “With the Fire on High” with DC Public Library

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Author Elizabeth Acevedo Discusses Her Book “With the Fire on High” with DC Public Library

Book Talk Concludes Special Edition of DC Reads Program

To wrap up the DC Public Library’s special edition of DC Reads, author Elizabeth Acevedo will discuss her book “With the Fire on High” in an online book talk Saturday, April 4. The online discussion will begin at 2 p.m. To participate, log onto  https://zoom.us/j/337982152

"With the Fire on High" follows Emoni Santiago, a high school senior who is balancing being a teen mother with high school and her dream of working as a chef. Acevedo’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, "The Poet X," won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. Additionally, she was honored with the 2019 Pure Belpré Author Award for celebrating, affirming, and portraying Latinx culture and experience.

DC Reads is a DC Public Library program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide discussions and events over a month focusing on one book. In the past, DC Reads has focused on books like “The Refugees" by Viet Thanh Nguyen; ”The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore; “Reading Lolita in Tehran“ by Azar Nafisi, “A Lesson Before Dying“ by Ernest J. Gaines and "Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.