Author Chat with Ibi Zoboi (Pride), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Ibi Zobi, author of Pride.  Read on for more about Ibi and her book, plus a giveaway!

 

 

Meet Ibi Zoboi! 

 
  

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. when she was four years old. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was a recipient of the Norma Fox Mazer Award. Her award-winning and Pushcart-nominated writing has been published in Haiti Noir, the Caribbean Writer, The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. American Street is her first novel. 

 
 
 
Meet Pride !
 

Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. 

 

 

A Chat with Ibi Zoboi:
 

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I really wanted to write a love story after American Street, but I also like to include some political themes in my stories. It was challenge finding a way to balance a summer romance with everything that was going on in the world. Pride and Prejudice provided the perfect structure for me to examine socioeconomic class and gentrification in a love story.

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

My favorite character in PRIDE is, by far, Zuri Benitez. She is tough, opinionated, smart, and she loves her family and community. The best thing about her is that she's quick to realize when she's wrong.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The title came first, as soon as I decided that it was going to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling.

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I love the banter between Zuri and Darius. It's a battle of wits and they are challenging each other to see their point of view.

5. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I absolutely love that there is a black couple on the book cover, something I rarely see in YA. The design of the whole book is absolutely gorgeous, and I'm so grateful for all the work that went into it.

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to?

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney.

8. What’s up next for you?

I edited the anthology, Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America. It features 17 Black authors, including myself, and their coming-of-age stories of Black kids navigating the world and simply being who they are.

9. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book? 

Darius was the hardest to write. I didn't like him either. It was challenge for me to make him likable in Zuri's eyes.

10. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or revising?

Drafting, definitely!

11. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I value any global organization that aims to provide a free education to marginalized girls, one of which is Girl Rising. 

 
 
 
 
 

Pride

By: Ibi Zoboi

Release Date: September 18, 2018

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Kara S on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:04

The cover design is uniquely appealing, and the synopsis convinces me this is a worthwhile read!

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The cover design is uniquely appealing, and the synopsis convinces me this is a worthwhile read!
Renee Moore on Sunday, 16 September 2018 20:44

I LOVE re-tellings of classics! Can't wait to read this one.

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I LOVE re-tellings of classics! Can't wait to read this one.

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