Charis welcomes Stonewall Award-winning author Brandy Colbert with special guest Becky Albertalli in celebration of her newest novel, The Voting Booth, an all-in-one-day love story about two first-time teen voters who meet at their polling place and overcome obstacle after obstacle in order to cast a ballot in a critical election. The Lola's mission is to bring together womxn as allies and accomplices to tell our stories, raise our voices and dismantle a system that doesn't serve us. Click here to learn more.
When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn't spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right.And that's how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva's missing cat), it's clear that there's more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.
Brandy Colbert is the author of the Stonewall Award–winning novel Little & Lion, the critically acclaimed novels The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Pointe, Finding Yvonne, and The Only Black Girls in Town, and the forthcoming The Voting Booth. Growing up in Springfield, Missouri, Brandy was surrounded by stories from a young age. She currently works as a copy editor for magazines and books, and is a faculty member in the MFAC program at Hamline University. These days, Brandy lives and writes in sunny Los Angeles.
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