Shelia P. Moses - We Were the Fire & Who Was Ketanji Brown Jackson

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 6:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 6pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents National Book Award Nominee & Coretta Scott King Honoree
Shelia P. Moses,
who will discuss her incredible new books
We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963,
Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson?, &
Who Is Stacey Abrams?
in our store on April 27th at 6pm!
Join us in the store or on YouTube Live Page.
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Moses will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.

Shelia P. Moses is an African American writer, director, producer, poet and playwright. Her subjects include comedian Dick Gregory, Dred Scott and the Legend of Buddy Bush. In 2004, she was nominated for the National Book Award and named the Coretta Scott King Honoree for The Legend of Buddy Bush. In 2009, her novel Joseph's Grace was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. Her most recent books include, We Were The Fire: Birmingham, 1963, Who Is Stacey Abrams? and Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackon?

The powerful story of an eleven-year-old Black boy determined to stand up for his rights, who's pulled into the action of the 1963 civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rufus Jackson Jones is from Birmingham, the place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the most segregated place in the country. A place that in 1963 is full of civil rights activists including Dr. King. The adults are trying to get more attention to their cause--to show that separate is not equal. Rufus's dad works at the local steel factory, and his mom is a cook at the mill. If they participate in marches, their bosses will fire them. So that's where the kids decide they will come in. Nobody can fire them. So on a bright May morning in 1963, Rufus and his buddies join thousands of other students to peacefully protest in a local park. There they are met with policemen and firemen who turn their powerful hoses on them, and that's where Rufus realizes that they are the fire. And they will not be put out. Shelia Moses gives readers a deeply personal account of one boy's heroism during what came to be known as the Children's Crusade in this important novel that highlights a key turning point in the civil rights movement.

* "An African American tween finds a way to contribute to his community's struggle for an end to segregation. . . . Moses takes readers inside the movement that saw its youngest become effective challengers to the segregation status quo. Her narrative seamlessly weaves a personal family story with the larger one of the fight for change. Rufus is an engaging, thoughtful narrator whose voice and perspective ring true as he works to make a difference, even disobeying his mother, who is terrified about what might happen. The love and determination of his community are realistically and richly portrayed. A stirring, cleareyed look at the young people who risked much for social change as they fought for their civil rights." -- Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

* "Moses ( The Legend of Buddy Bush) pays homage to Black children living during the civil rights era whose contributions to the movement were often left undocumented, in this riveting historical fiction volume set in 1963 Birmingham, Ala. . . . Birmingham and its citizens, culture, and struggles are empathetically wrought in this eye-opening novel. With intention, Moses thoughtfully highlights the real-world horrors that Rufus courageously faces--including police, fire hoses, and dogs--and provides levity through his introspective and energetic first-person narration." -- Publishers Weeklystarred review

* "Rufus is a keen observer . . . Rufus's voice is appropriately child-like, even though he, his family, and friends experience overt racism and threats. He is a thoughtful and endearing character, even while suspense is high. The setting and strong sense of community among his Black neighbors are vividly drawn. This compelling and powerful story will resonate with many readers. A first purchase." -- School Library Journalstarred review


About Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson?

Discover how a young girl who was the star of her school's debate team became a federal jurist and the first Black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Presenting Who HQ Now: an exciting addition to the #1 New York Times Best-Selling Who Was? series!

Born in Washington, DC, in 1970, and raised in Miami, Florida, Ketanji Brown Jackson developed an interest in law and politics at an early age. As a preschooler, she sat with her father and watched him complete his law school assignments. And even though some people, including a school guidance counselor, discouraged Ketanji from aiming high, she proved them wrong and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. She went on to serve on the U.S. District Court in 2013 and the United States Court of Appeals in 2021 before making history and becoming the first Black woman to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court in 2022.

Learn more about Ketanji Brown Jackson's story in this addition to the New York Times bestselling series.


About Who Is Stacey Abrams?

Discover how a young girl who loved to read and write became a voting rights activist, a candidate for governor of Georgia, and an author.

Presenting Who HQ Now: an exciting addition to the #1 New York Times Best-Selling Who Was? series!

Stacey Abrams began her career in politics at the age of seventeen when she was hired as a typist for a congressional campaign. From there, she worked hard to get into Yale law school and, eventually, was elected into the House of Representatives. In 2018, she became the first Black woman in the United States to be a major party's nominee for governor when she was selected as the Democratic candidate. Although she didn't win that race, she decided to run again in 2022, proving that she never backs down from a challenge. Stacey made it her mission to help ensure that all people who are eligible have the right and ability to vote. Her Fair Fight Action organization helps prevent voter suppression across the country.

When she was growing up, Stacey was taught three important principles by her parents: go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. And these are the same beliefs she holds today.

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399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963 By Shelia P. Moses Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593407486
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 6th, 2022

Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson? (Who HQ Now) By Shelia P. Moses, Who HQ, Dede Putra (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shelia P. Moses, Who HQ, Dede Putra (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593659557
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Penguin Workshop - November 29th, 2022

Who Is Stacey Abrams? (Who HQ Now) By Shelia P. Moses, Who HQ, Dede Putra (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shelia P. Moses, Who HQ, Dede Putra (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593519721
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Penguin Workshop - September 13th, 2022

The Legend of Buddy Bush By Shelia P. Moses Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534451452
Availability: Special Order
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 16th, 2019

Last Mile By Shelia P. Moses Cover Image
ISBN: 9781731588937
Availability: Special Order
Published: Independently Published - January 12th, 2019


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