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The B&N Podcast

Jun 22, 2020

Our guest today is Dean Atta, author of The Black Flamingo—our June YA Book Club Pick.

The Black Flamingo is a fierce coming-of-age story told in verse about identity and the power of drag. Michael, the main character of the story, is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London and navigating what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs—and the Black Flamingo is born. We were simply in awe of this beautifully crafted and inspiring work on so many levels and can’t wait for everyone to experience all the powerful, life-affirming messages throughout this unforgettable novel. Acclaimed UK poet and performer Dean Atta joins us to discuss his personal connection to this story, the process of selecting characters to challenge readers’ perspectives and winning the Stonewall Book Award.

Join us Thursday, July 9th, at 4PM ET when Dean Atta will be with us live on B&N Facebook for a discussion of his novel The Black Flamingo. We hope to see you there! #BNYABookClub