Angie Thomas: Concrete Rose (A FAN Event)

We are proud to partner with Family Action Network as they welcome international phenomenon Angie Thomas, author of the novel The Hate U Give, which has now spent more than 200 weeks as a New York Times bestseller. This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Sign up HERE to attend!

Ms. Thomas's new book, Concrete Rose, revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give, with a searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. The story begins in 1998, and features 17-year-old Maverick Carter (Starr's father) and his girlfriend Lisa as they navigate their relationships -- with each other, family, and the King Lord gang. Mav learns that he is a father at the very start of the book, and the book unfolds the many pressures and choices he faces as a teen parent trying to face his life as a gang member with his responsibility as a father.

Concrete Rose streets is a sensitive and timely exploration of masculinity, fatherhood, and identity, and Ms. Thomas is an extraordinary storyteller whose work sparks lively conversations. She stated recently that, “It was important to me above all to humanize him (Mav) because that’s the bare minimum we owe young Black boys. As a writer, the least I could do is to have a fully three-dimensional figure on the page.”

We'd love it if you can buy your copy of Concrete Rose from The Book Stall!  We have autographed copies!!!

Ms. Thomas will be interviewed by Dion Graham, actor and narrator of the Concrete Rose audio book. This event will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.

About the Author: Angie Thomas is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. A multiple Audie Award–winning and critically acclaimed actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.


Event date: 

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Concrete Rose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062846716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 12th, 2021

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.