THREE STARRED REVIEWS FOR DREAM COUNTRY!
By Shannon Gibney
(Dutton ISBN 9780735231672)
“A marvelous literary tapestry of family, sacrifice, and dreams . . . Powerful.” – Booklist
“Moving and melancholic . . . Necessary.” – Kirkus
“An excellent choice for both public and school libraries.” – School Library Journal
To read the full Kirkus review, click here.
Publishers Marketplace shared on their “new deals of June 19, 2018” listing that Shannon and writer Kao Kalia Yang have secured a deal on an anthology of work on infant loss and miscarriage by women of color through the University of Minnesota Press. See the announcement below:
The Barnes and Noble Teen blog recently featured Dream Country in a post titled, “Our Most Anticipated Sophomore YA Novels of 2018: July to December,” by Dahlia Adler.
Adler wrote: “Dream Country, by Shannon Gibney (September 11)
Gibney’s See No Color tackled transracial adoption and the great American pastime, and she has somehow managed to step it up tenfold with her ambitious and beautiful followup, an intergenerational epic about five members of a Liberian family that traces its path across time and the Atlantic. It opens on Kollie, who has been living in the U.S. for almost a decade but is still keenly aware of the divide between the African students and the African American ones at his school, not to mention the white students and staff. It’s the African boys who constantly live under the parental threat of being sent back, and when Kollie gets into a fight at school, that’s exactly what happens. Though it isn’t Kollie we see in Liberia next, but his grandfather, Togar, in Grand Bassa County in 1926. The journey continues back through American slavery, repatriation, and Liberian colonization before coming full circle to the future, clawing your heart through the dirt all along the way. “
Mark your calendars!
Details on the launch of Dream Country, Shannon’s new YA novel, have been finalized.
WHAT: Dream Country book launch*
WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8 pm
WHERE: Recital Hall at St. Catherine’s University, Music Buidling, 2004 Randolph Ave. in St. Paul
*This event is FREE and open to the public!
More details forthcoming…But hope to see you there.
BookRiot has published a piece highlighting books about the immigrant experience to look forward to in 2018, and included Dream Country (thank you)!
Check it out here.
The Star Tribune has published an article in which the cover of Shannon’s new novel, Dream Country, is revealed.
Amazing visual artist Edel Rodriguez created it, and the Dutton Young Readers/Penguin Teen team brought it to fruition.
You can find Dream Country wherever books are sold (but please support your local independent bookstore) on September 11, 2018.
The Minnesota Women’s Press just ran an article by Shannon and fellow writer and friend Kao Kalia Yang, on their experiences with infant loss and miscarriage.
Photo courtesy of The Minnesota Women’s Press
The piece highlights the topic in order to encourage readers to submit pieces to What God Is Honored Here: An Anthology on Infant Loss and Miscarriage, which Shannon and Kalia are editing. The book will center on stories of and by women of color.
Submit work to firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 1, 2018.