Words & Pictures

A.S. King

Sponsored by Winchester Thurston School

“But if we want to change the world so it’s good for everyone, it’s important to talk about the truth.”

A.S. KING, ATTACK OF THE BLACK RECTANGLES

In her new book Attack of the Black Rectangles, Amy takes on censorship and intolerance in a novel she was born to write.

When Mac first opens his classroom copy of Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic and finds some words blacked out, he thinks it must be a mistake. But then when he and his friends discover what the missing words are, he’s outraged. Someone in his school is trying to prevent kids from reading the full story. But who? Even though his unreliable dad tells him to not get so emotional about a book (or anything else), Mac has been raised by his mom and grandad to call out things that are wrong. He and his friends head to the principal’s office to protest the censorship… but her response doesn’t take them seriously. So many adults want Mac to keep his words to himself. Mac’s about to see the power of letting them out.

A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review and in 2022 received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. King is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including 2021’s SW/TCH, 2020 Michael L. Printz Award winner and LA Times Book Prize finalist DIG, 2016’s Still Life with Tornado, 2015’s surrealist I Crawl Through It, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others. She is a faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. After more than a decade living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania.

More about A.S. King

New York Times, September 2022

Schools of Thought Control

The Bookcase Podcast (ABC)

Amy Sarig King Stands Up to Censorship

Horn Book, 2020

Five Questions for A.S. King

“A searingly relevant opus to intellectual freedom.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

Books

Copies of Attack of the Black Rectangles and other A.S. King books are available from City of Asylum Bookstore. A personalized book signing will follow the program.

Partner

Words & Pictures is presented with support from EQT Foundation and The Grable Foundation

WHEN

Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 6 p.m.

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Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213

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