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Stacey Abrams in Conversation with Joshilyn Jackson for While Justice Sleeps with the Georgia Center for the Book and the AJC DBF

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for the 2021 Joshilyn Jackson Summer Reading Series presented by the Georgia Center for the Book and the AJC Decatur Book Festival. This year, Joshilyn and her co-captain, Atlanta author and journalist Nicki Salcedo, have curated a selection of some of the year's best reads, including this week’s event with Joshilyn Jackson in conversation with Stacey Abrams, for her new novel While Justice Sleeps, on May 18, 2021, at 7 p.m. EDT. This event is virtual and takes place on Zoom. Register here. When you buy a ticket you will immediately receive an email containing information about how to access the zoom event.

Tickets include a copy of the hardback book. Signed copies will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis. A portion of all sales will be donated by Charis Books and More to support the work of the Georgia Center for the Book and the Decatur Library. Please choose whether you would like your book shipped to you (the U.S. only) or if you would like to pick up your book at Charis via our contactless porch pick-up.

The book will be published on May 11th, 2021. You will receive a separate email from Charis Books and More when your book is ready for local pick-up or when it has shipped.

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About Stacey Abrams:

Stacey Abrams is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of Our Time Is Now and Lead from the Outside, an entrepreneur, and a political leader. A tax attorney by training, she served eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, and became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she won more votes, at the time, than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has launched multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at the state, national, and international levels. She is the founder of Fair Fight, Fair Count, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project. Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the advisory board of Climate Power 2020 and the advocacy board of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association. She has received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.

About While Justice Sleeps:

From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.

As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.

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Stacey Abrams in Conversation with Joshilyn Jackson for While Justice Sleeps with the Georgia Center for the Book and the AJC DBF.