Do you have an obsessive love for reading? Aspire to become a teacher? Or even find yourself impacted by the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Whether you can relate to one or either all of these questions, I have some great news for you…so tune in!

All American Boys, written by co-authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, shares a story focusing on police brutality from two different perspectives. The African-American protagonist, Rashad,  becomes a victim of violence from a police officer in his town. The novel shifts back and forth from the voice of Rashad to Quinn, a witness of this violence. This act alone impacts not only Rashad and his family, but the community and nation at large. If you’re wondering,  no I wont spoil the story, but All American Boys discusses some of the extremely important issues that hit some directly to the Greater-Baltimore community. Racism tension, stereotypes, and the media are just a few of the many ideas this novel forces its readers to consider. If you are looking for a book that is relatable, captivating, yet still easy to read, then All American Boys is definitely the one for you!

If you’re not excited about the novel just yet, it gets better! In collaboration with the Center for Student Diversity, as well as Housing and Residence Life, Albert S. Cook Library is hosting two empowering events for the campus community. Pull out your calendars now, because these are two events that you surely don’t want to miss out on!

  • On Monday October 10th: A discussion will be taking place in Cook Library for students who wish to discuss the novel and the impacts they can make here at TU, as well as within the community.
  • On Wednesday October 12th: Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely will be visiting Towson University! Whether you want your book signed or want to hear their inspiration on the novel, I encourage you to attend this engaging dialogue.

And if you’re not excited just yet….the news gets even better! You can pick up a FREE…yes, I said FREE, copy of the novel All American Boys from the PNC Branch located in the University Union.

Hope to see you there!

(For a full description of the covered events, see attachment below)

-Joshua Reeves