On the Same Page: Shadowshaper

January–February 2017

January 24, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

We Love Diverse Books Event - Author Talk with Daniel José Older

book cover Shadowshaper
by Daniel José Older

Shadowshaper’s heroine, Sierra Santiago, was planning for an easy summer of making art and hanging out with friends when suddenly a corpse crashes the first party of the season, and her stroke-ridden grandfather starts behaving bizarrely. When the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears, it’s obvious that something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadow shaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. Someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one, and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Sierra must unravel her family’s past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaper introduces a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fantasy fiction, and marks a bold new voice in the genre. This story about ancestors, ghosts, power, and community has art and music at its core. Sierra is Puerto Rican with African and Taíno ancestors and her community is black and brown, young and old, Latin and Caribbean and American.

About the Author

Author Daniel José Older has been a vocal proponent for the need of greater diversity in youth literature. Older writes fantasy and young adult fiction. His debut novel was Half-Resurrection Blues which was the first book in his urban fantasy series, Bone Street Rumba. His other books include Salsa Nocturna and Shadowshaper. His short stories and essays have appeared in various print and online media. He is co-editor of the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. He also facilitates workshops on storytelling. Formerly he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York City. He is a musician and member of the soul quartet Ghost Star.
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