The Fayetteville Public Library will host the annual Gathering of the Groups with featured speaker Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 11:30 in the Walker Community Room. A moderated discussion will be led by KUAF news director, Kyle Kellams. The Gathering of the Groups is open to all members of Northwest Arkansas book groups.  The program is free and a light lunch will be provided. Registration is required and begins March 6, 2019.

The Hate U Give is being read throughout Northwest as part of the One Book, One Community Project. For further information on all events related to this program, visit the program's website: https://fulbright.uark.edu/special-events/one-book-one-community/

The novel is based on the author's life in Jackson, Mississippi and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The 2017 novel is still a New York Times best seller on its "young adult" list since coming out over a year ago. The book tells the story of 16 year-old Starr Carter, who lives in an inner city neighborhood while attending a suburban prep school. These separate worlds collide when she is the only witness when a poilce officer shoots her best friend, who was unarmed, but may have been dealing drugs. Starr must decide whether to speak out, even if it puts her world and her life in danger.

" Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time." - John Green, #1 NYT Bestselling author of The Fault of our Stars

"Fearlessly honest and heartbreakingly human. Everyone should read this book." Becky Albertalli, William C. Morris award-winning author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapins Agenda

" Thomas has penned a powerful, in-your-face novel that will similarly galvanize fans of Kekla Hagoon's How It Went Down and Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys"-Horn Book

Copies of the book will be available for sale following the discussion. However, due to the author's busy schedule, there will not be sufficient time for book signing.