Mariama Lockington in conversation with DaMaris Hill discussing and signing In the Key of Us

Friday, April 29, 2022 - 5:00pm
161 Lexington Green Cir B
Lexington, KY 40503

Mariama Lockington in conversation with DaMaris Hill discussing and signing In the Key of Us

Friday, April 29 at 5pm ET

Location: Joseph-Beth Lexington

Join us for Mariama Lockington in conversation with DaMaris Hill discussing and signing In the Key of Us.

From the author of the critically acclaimed novel For Black Girls Like Me, Mariama J. Lockington, comes a coming-of-age story surrounding the losses that threaten to break us and the friendships that make us whole again.

Thirteen-year-old Andi feels stranded after the loss of her mother, the artist who swept color onto Andi’s blank canvas. When she is accepted to a music camp, Andi finds herself struggling to play her trumpet like she used to before her whole world changed. Meanwhile, Zora, a returning camper, is exhausted trying to please her parents, who are determined to make her a flute prodigy, even though she secretly has a dancer’s heart.

At Harmony Music Camp, Zora and Andi are the only two Black girls in a sea of mostly white faces. In kayaks and creaky cabins, the two begin to connect, unraveling their loss, insecurities, and hopes for the future. And as they struggle to figure out who they really are, they may just come to realize who they really need: each other.

In the Key of Us is a lyrical ode to music camp, the rush of first love, and the power of one life-changing summer.

 

Mariama J. Lockington is an adoptee, writer, and nonprofit educator. She has been telling stories and making her own books since the second grade, when she wore short-alls and flower leggings every day to school. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including Buzzfeed News Reader, and she is the author of the poetry chapbook The Lucky Daughter. Mariama holds a Master’s in Education from Lesley University and Master’s in Fine Arts in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her partner and dapple haired dachshund, Henry.

 

DaMaris B. Hill, PhD is the author of Breath Better Spent: Living Black Girlhood, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland  (2020 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry), The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland, \Vi-zə-bəl\   \Teks-chərs\(Visible Textures). Similar to her creative process, Hill’s scholarly research is interdisciplinary. Hill is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.

 

In the Key of Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374314101
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 26th, 2022

For Black Girls Like Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374308049
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 30th, 2019