MN Smith Club Reads: Nightcrawling

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Tuesday, October 17 – 7pm CST

A New York Times Bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club selection, and Booker Prize nominee, Leila Mottley’s debut novel NIGHTCRAWLING welcomes readers into Kiara Johnson’s world in Oakland, California where black young adults experience joy, confusion, hope, and fear, as Kiara navigates the wounds of police sexual violence, adultification, and a family fractured by the criminal justice system.

A New York Times Writer to Watch, Leila Mottley is an author native to Oakland, California, with an interest in reflecting on institutional and individual inequity, liberation, and joy through writing. Her debut novel, Nightcrawling, was selected as an Oprah’s Book Club pick. Leila has performed and run poetry workshops as the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate and her work has been published in Oprah Daily and The New York Times. Leila was a student at Smith, until she had to leave in order to manage the soaring success of her first novel.

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