An Evening with Desmond Hall and Christina Hammonds Reed

Join us for an evening with two outstanding YA authors, Desmond Hall and Christina Hammonds Reed, to discuss their writing process, Black history, working on historical fiction, and the world of YA. We are delighted to partner with 826 Boston for this event, and the conversation will be led by 826 Boston student leaders.

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This event will be held live through Zoom on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 PM. A recording will also be available post-event on the Public Library of Brookline’s YouTube channel.

About the authors

Desmond Hall

Desmond Hall is a Jamaican born author whose debut YA novel, Your Corner Dark, is a fast-paced thriller that has been described as American Street meets Long Way Down. This searing and gritty novel takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family. The book confronts police brutality, “Colorism”, gang culture and political deception.

He graduated Marquette University with a BA in Journalism and was selected for the “Who’s Who of American College Students.” He’s written and directed an HBO feature movie, A Day in Black and White which was nominated for the Gordon Parks Award. He’s also written and directed a full-length stage play, “Stockholm, Brooklyn” that won the Audience Award at the Downtown Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane theater. The play was also picked for the Public Theater’s New Works Series. 

For two years, he worked as a high school Biology and English teacher in Brooklyn, NY. In this period of his life he also counseled teenage ex-cons after their release from Rikers Island Correctional Institution. As an advertising creative director, he’s written many TV campaigns, two Superbowl commercials and won multiple awards while running the creative side of Spike Lee’s advertising agency. While working in the advertising and film industry he’s served on the board of the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the Advertising Council, judged the One Show, Addys and the NYC Downtown Film Festival. He’s also been named one of Variety magazine’s Top 50 Creatives to Watch.

Christina Hammonds Reed

Christina Hammonds Reed is the author of The Black Kids, her New York Times bestselling debut novel and coming-of-age story of a privileged Black teenager, Ashley Bennett, set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. As Los Angeles goes up in flames, the novel follows Ashley’s attempts to soldier on as if life were normal while grappling with her self-destructive sister, her crumbling family, toxic friendships, and a life-changing rumor. With the city around her facing its own moment of reckoning, Ashley is forced to question what it means to be a good person, friend, sister, and what it truly means to be one of “the black kids”.

Reed’s writing initiates timely conversations surrounding race, gender, class, violence, mental health, and more. In an engaging and candid way, she touches upon these pertinent topics in her talks and keynotes to both middle grade and adult audiences—offering an open and safe space for discussion on the most important issues facing our society.

In addition to publishing The Black Kids, Reed has previously written for the Santa Monica Review and One Teen Story. Her most recent essay for ELLE addresses the ongoing racial unrest in the nation and its relation to her own novel. Reed also holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Zoom (Webinar)
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States


A recording of this program will be made available on our YouTube Channel as soon as possible.

Need aids or accommodations? Email our administration team or give us a call at 617-730-2360 for more information.

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