“This fictionalized account of the boy who became Malcolm X maintains a suspenseful, poetic grip as it shifts among moments in his life between the years 1930 and 1948...A compelling coming-of-age story.” —Publishers Weekly
Join us for a book launch celebration for X: A Novel. Cowritten by Ilyasah Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter) and Kekla Magoon, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.
About X: A Novel
Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies—after all, his father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls and reefer. But Malcolm’s efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he’s found is only an illusion—and that he can’t run forever. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.
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Ilyasah Shabazz, third daughter of Malcolm X, is an activist, producer, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X and the picture book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. She lives in Westchester County, New York.
Kekla Magoon is an award-winning author of many young adult novels, including The Rock and the River, for which she received the 2010 Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Kekla Magoon lives in New York City.
Attorney and journalist Sunny Hostin is a CNN legal analyst and host, regularly appearing on morning show “New Day,” "Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin," "AC360" and "AC360 Later." Hostin joined CNN in September 2007 as the legal analyst for CNN’s “American Morning,” where she became known for her in-depth analysis of headline grabbing trials and legal issues. She created, wrote and co-produced her popular weekly segment, “Sunny’s Law.” As a Department of Justice alum, her deep knowledge of the Justice Department and its inner workings made her an invaluable part of the CNN morning team during and after the historic election of President Barack Obama. Before joining CNN, Hostin was an ABC News anchor and appeared on the Fox News Channel, where she was seen weekly on the “Is It Legal” segment on “The O'Reilly Factor.” As a federal prosecutor, she was awarded with a Special Achievement Award by then Attorney General Janet Reno. Hostin was also a Managing Director of Business Intelligence and Investigations at Kroll, the world’s leading risk-consulting company. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Binghamton University and her law degree from Notre Dame Law School. A native of New York City, Hostin lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, New York.
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