More upcoming Dream Country events + press

Shannon has three more readings this coming week:


Monday, September 17, 6:30 pm, at Red Balloon Bookshop.

Shannon Gibney, DREAM COUNTRY

Minneapolis author Shannon Gibney brings her new young adult novel, Dream Country, to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. Join Shannon (See No Color) in conversation with fellow author Bryan Bliss (We’ll Fly Away) around Dream Country, the heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom. Find out more about the book reviewers are calling “incredible,” “heart-wrenching,” “masterfully epic,” and “a necessary reckoning.” Join the conversation with these two amazing authors, and get your books signed, too!

Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm, at Ramsey County Library, Shoreview.


In partnership with East Side Freedom Library and Do Good Roseville, this special event at Ramsey County Library in Shoreview will feature a reading of book excerpts, a discussion with St. Kate’s Professor of English Dr. Taiyon Coleman, and an audience Q&A session.

Written for young adults, “Dream Country” is a heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.

Books will be available for purchase from Moon Palace Books.


Friday, September 21, 7 pm, Women and Children First Books.



Check out more press on Dream Country:

“Author finds rich story in Liberia’s American roots,” MPR, September 11.

“Dream Country blog tour,” Jenabrownwrites, September 12.

 “Windows and Mirrors: Dream Country, by Shannon Gibney, The Winged Pen, September 13.

“Blog Tour Review: Dream Country, by Shannon Gibney, In Tori Lex, September 13.

Publisher’s Weekly featured this picture (taken by Andrew Karre) and caption from the Dream Country book launch in their “In Brief” feature on September 13:

A Meaningful Moment

Author Shannon Gibney celebrated the launch of her novel, Dream Country (Dutton), which spans generations and explores a family’s immigration from Liberia to America. The event was held at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minn., on September 12. The author spoke in conversation with Dr. Taiyon Coleman, a professor at the school, and answered audience questions. At the event, Gibney (l.) met a 20-year-old Liberian student, who was born in a refugee camp. During the Q&A, the student expressed how much the book meant to her.


More Dream Country Press

“In Dream Country, Minnesota Book Award-winner Shannon Gibney confronts ‘history that hasn’t been confronted.”

–St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Review: Dream Country.”

–Star Tribune

“20 new books your friends are going to be talking about this September.”


“Shannon Gibney: On Identity.”

–88 Cups of Tea

“The 19 best new YA books coming out in September 2018.”


“Shannon Gibney: Under-told stories.”

–Minnesota Women’s Press

“16 must-read YA books of fall 2018.”


Early buzz and praise for Dream Country



Early buzz for DREAM COUNTRY by Shannon Gibney!


DREAM COUNTRY by Shannon Gibney

Dutton / on sale September 11, 2018 / ages 14 & up



«A marvelous literary tapestry.” Booklist, starred review


« “A necessary reckoning.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review


« Historically grand and intimately detailed.” –BCCB, starred review


« “An excellent choice.” –School Library Journal, starred review



THE LILY, the Washington Post’s online vertical for women ran a “Three Questions” interview with Shannon Gibney about DREAM COUNTRY in today’s newsletter. Read and share the full interview here!



The 88 CUPS OF TEA podcast taped an interview with Shannon Gibney onDREAM COUNTRY. The episode will release the first week of September.   


HELLO GIGGLES (11.5 million uvpm) will include DREAM COUNTRY in a “New Releases” roundup the week of September 10th.  


THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE (circ. 260,975) will review DREAM COUNTRYin early September.


THE ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS (circ. 177,349) will run an interview with Shannon Gibney about DREAM COUNTRY to release the week of on-sale, September 10th.  


BOOKRIOT (1.2 million uvpm) recently spotlighted DREAM COUNTRY in both its “What’s Up in YA” newsletter and “Hey YA” podcast.  BOOKRIOT also includedDREAM COUNTRY in a roundup of “Books About Immigrants” roundup.


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY included DREAM COUNTRY in a piece on “First-Generation” stories earlier this year.


B&N TEEN highlighted DREAM COUNTRY in its list of “Our Most Anticipated Sophomore YA Novels of 2018: July to December.”



This fall Shannon Gibney will participate in a variety of regional appearances including:


September 12 – Dream Country Launch Event

St. Catherine’s University (St. Paul, MN)


September 18  – Local event in conversation with Dr. Taiyon Coleman

Shoreview Library (Shoreview, MN)


September 21 – Reading & Signing at Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)


October 4 – Heartland Fall Forum (Minneapolis, MN)


October 13 – Twin Cities Book Festival (Minneapolis, MN)


October 19 – Reading & Signing at Marcus Books (Oakland, CA)


November 4 – “Minding Your Mind in Teen Literature” Panel (Excelsior, MN)

Trinity Church, book sales by Excelsior Bay Books




A Midwest Connections Selection


« “A marvelous literary tapestry of family, sacrifice, and dreamsPowerful.”

Booklist, starred review


«  “A moving and melancholic metaphor for the struggle for place and home experienced by those still trapped by the legacy of the triangle of trans-Atlantic trade…. A necessary reckoning of tensions within the African diaspora—an introduction to its brokenness and a place to start healing.”   Kirkus Reviews, starred review


«Historically grand and intimately detailed.”BCCB, starred review


«  “The importance of giving immigrants power to create their own story is wonderfully illustrated in this book. An excellent choice for both public and school libraries.”  School Library Journal, starred review


“[A]n illumination of how humans end up treating each other cruelly and how they resist.” The Horn Book


Remarkable…Gibney weaves this painful history masterfully.” –BookRiot


Dream Country is gut wrenching and incredible.”—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes


“This story, both sprawling and intimate by turns, is a miracle of construction, and Gibney fits its diasporic pieces the way a master should—with a keen eye, an open heart, a courageous spirit, and a sharp, sharp needle. This novel is a remarkable achievement.—Kelly Barnhill, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal


“In Dream Country, Shannon Gibney has masterfully woven together the histories of America and Africa through the multigenerational journeys of young people in search of home and self. Beautifully epic, timely, and outstanding in its breadth and scope, this story truly conveys what it means to be African American.”—Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, National Book Award Finalist


“Shannon Gibney has taken history and imagination and gelled them into a time machine. Here is tragedy and survival, struggle and love, rendered with precision and an empathy born of a writer who has experienced the ‘dream-loop’ of history. Sometimes a story can’t promise healing, or neat closure. Sometimes a story, even a magical one like this, is the necessary reopening of a wound. —Bao Phi, award winning author of A Different Pond and Thousand Star Hotel

Dream Country is a gift of storytelling, of culture, and of understanding for an America that needs this book desperatelyThrough stories woven of manhood and humanity, of growing up and growing into oneself, Gibney shows us how the worlds between us grow wider even as our world grows smaller. She takes us through time and space to find the heart of an imperfect home.”—Kao Kalia Yang, award winning author of The Latehomecomer

Fans of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing will eagerly embrace this outstanding intergenerational family saga by Shannon Gibney. Skipping across 200 years of history, the characters in Dream Country encounter danger, trauma, and the unwavering desire to find a better life for themselves and their children. This is a must read for 2018 and will have readers of all ages talking and remembering these characters.”—Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books





«School Library Journal—starred review!—August issue

«Kirkus Reviews—starred review!—August 15 issue

«Booklist—starred review!—September issue

«BCCB—starred review!—September issue

The Horn Book—review—September/October issue

The Minneapolis Star Tribune—review—September TK

The St. Paul Pioneer Press—interview—September TK



BookRiot’s Hey YA Podcast—mention—July 25 episode

88 Cups of Tea—interview with Shannon—September 6



BookRiot—Books about immigrant roundup—February 23

Minneapolis Star Tribune (online)—cover spotlight—March 7

Publishers Weekly—First-Generation Tales roundup—May 5

B&N Teen–Our Most Anticipated Sophomore YA Novels of 2018: July to December—June 18

BookRiot—What’s Up in YA Newsletter—July 26

The Lily (Washington Post)—Three Questions interview—August 20

HelloGiggles—new releases roundup—September 10 TK

Diversity in YA Guest Post—run-date TK



Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @6:30 PM

Launch Event –  Recital Hall at St. Catherine’s University (St. Paul, MN)

Book Sales by Moon Palace


Tuesday September 18 @ 7 PM

Shoreview Library (Shoreview, MN) – In conversation with Dr. Taiyon Coleman

Book Sales by Moon Palace


Friday, September 21 @ 7 PM

Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)- Reading and Signing


Thursday, October 4

Heartland Fall Forum (Minneapolis, MN)- Moveable Feast


Saturday, October 13

Twin Cities Book Festival (Minneapolis, MN) – Panel Appearance 


Friday, October 19 @ Time TK

Marcus Books (Oakland, CA) – Reading and signing


Sunday, November 4 @ 3 PM

Trinity Church (Excelsior, MN) – “Minding Your Mind in Teen Literature” Panel

with Kathleen Glasgow, Peter Bognanni, Rachel Gold, & Pete Hautman

Book Sales by Excelsior Bay Books

Dream Country has received three starred reviews so far




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.

Infant Loss and Miscarriage anthology announcement


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:

Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang’s WHAT GOD IS HONORED HERE?, an anthology of poetry, essays, and short stories on miscarriage and infant loss for and by women of color, to Erik Anderson at University of Minnesota Press, for publication in fall 2019, by Tina Dubois at ICM for Gibney and Bill Clegg at The Clegg Agency for Yang (world).

Dream Country featured as ‘one of most anticipated sophomore YA novels of 2018’

BN Teen

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. “

Dream Country book launch set!

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.

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