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Finding Your Place in Safe Spaces with Brandy Colbert and L.C. Rosen


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Tuesday, 4:00 pm EDT June 9, 2020

4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT

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This event is part of Inside and Out Pride 2020 series, which offers solace and affirmation to the LGBTQ+ community during a time of isolation from trusted social groups and support networks. 

What happens when the places or people we consider safe prove otherwise? Recent middle-grade books by Brandy Colbert and L.C. Rosen dive into the confusion and angst young teens face when pressured to change themselves in the pursuit of love or friendship Colbert’s The Only Black Girls in Town explores how two girls living in a predominantly white small town experience their blackness in similar and different ways. Rosen’s Camp, set at a summer camp for queer teens, is a coming-of-age story about one teenage boy’s willingness to hide his true self to get noticed by the boy of his dreams.

‣ Purchase The Only Black Girls in Town at Our Online Bookstore
‣ Purchase Camp at Our Online Bookstore



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    Brandy Colbert

    Brandy Colbert

    Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of several books for children and teens, including The Only Black Girls in Town, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Stonewall Book Award winner Little & Lion, and the forthcoming The Voting Booth. She is co-writer of Misty Copeland’s Life in Motion young readers edition, and her short fiction and essays have been published in a variety of critically acclaimed anthologies for young people. Her books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, and have appeared on many best of lists, including the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She is on faculty at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children, and lives in Los Angeles.

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    L.C. Rosen

    L.C. Rosen

    L.C. Rosen writes books for people of all ages, most recently Depth and Jack of Hearts (and other parts). His next book, Camp, will be out in May 2020 He lives in NYC with his husband and a very small cat. You can find him online at and @LevACRosen