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Clap When You Land Novel In Works For Television
Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has acquired the rights to National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo’s (MFA ’15) YA novel Clap When You Land to develop as a television series.
English alum Kian Kelley-Chung ’19 fuses new media and immersive storytelling to create art with impact.Learn more about Kian Kelley-Chung
New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2020
Reginald Dwaye Betts ('09) book of poems 'Felon' was selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2020.Learn more about Reginald Dwaye Betts
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Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools and occult trends, “starter witch kits” of sage, rose quartz, and tarot cards packaged together in paper and plastic.
Following a decade of abuse, addiction, PTSD, and heavy-duty drug treatment for a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, she felt drawn to the real spirits and powers her dispossessed and discarded ancestors knew, while she undertook necessary work to find love and meaning. In this collection of intertwined essays, she writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, about life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and about how she became a powerful witch. She interlaces stories from her forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life―Twin Peaks, the Oregon Trail II video game, a Claymation Satan, a YouTube video of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham―to explore questions of cultural inheritance and the particular danger, as a Native woman, of relaxing into romantic love under colonial rule.
Clap When You Land
In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people. In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
Selected by Rita Dove