Angie Thomas is the author of The Hate U Give, which debuted at number one on The New York Times bestseller list. Thomas first began writing the Black Lives Matter–inspired YA novel as a short story while she was still in college, in 2009. She later expanded it into a novel after the fatal and widely publicised police shootings of black teens like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Tamir Rice. Hailed as a ‘stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time’ (The New York Times) and a ‘publishing miracle’ (The Guardian), The Hate U Give is Thomas’ first novel. It was published this year, and has already been optioned for a film adaption.