KIM JOHNSON

Author      Speaker       Educator

 

THIS IS MY AMERICA

The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

 

"An incredible and searing examination of the often tragic

collision of racism and a flawed criminal justice system. Read and reread ... and reared again." --Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"Harrowing and worthwhile; a call-to-action from the anti-racist insights of a generation of black activists." --Kirkus, starred review

“Activist Johnson’s powerful debut is a timely testimony that echoes the social realities behind today’s #BlackLivesMatter protests.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is My America promises a powerful story about racial injustice, featuring stunning prose reminiscent of Nic Stone and Angie Thomas.” --Paste Magazine

"This strong debut will strike home with socially conscious readers." --Booklist 

"A strong debut. Will appeal to readers of Angie Thomas and fans of criminal justice podcasts like Serial and In the Dark." --SLJ

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BIO

KIM JOHNSON held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen and in college. She’s now a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. She is also the graduate advisor and member of an historically Black sorority. This Is My America is her debut novel and explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

BOOKS

 

THIS IS MY AMERICA

Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking them to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has 267 days left.

Then one night changes everything. The police arrive, pounding on the door, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. And as Tracy discovers the racist history that still haunts her small town’s present, she begins to wonder if she’s lighting the torch that will illuminate her family’s innocence . . . or lighting the fuse that will cause her world to explode.

Kim Johnson’s gripping debut is a revelation—an incendiary, crucial look at the American justice system delivered as an uplifting read where love conquers hate and justice is delivered in the face of injustice.

THIS IS MY AMERICA is planned for publication July 28, 2020 by Random House Children’s Books.

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Upcoming Events
Kim Johnson and Renee Watson in conversation
Thu, Aug 06
Blue Willow Bookshop Facebook Live
Aug 06, 7:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookshop Facebook Live
Kim Johnson will appear in conversation with Renée Watson to discuss her debut novel
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Politics and Prose Conversation with Kim Johnson and Nic Stone
Wed, Jul 29
Politics and Prose
Jul 29, 7:00 PM
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Debut launch week I’ll be in conversation with our Oprah for Lit AKA Nic Stone. We’ll be discussing THIS IS MY AMERICA at @PoliticsProse on Wednesday July 29 7pm ET Signed bookplates available with book purchase, while supplies last.
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Book Launch Party
Tue, Jul 28
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Virtual Book Launch Party! Kim Johnson's debut novel #ThisIsMyAmerica is out in the world on Tues 7/28. We’re celebrating on IG LIVE! With Jamise Harper on her instagram @spinesvinces. Join us at 7 PM EDT on 7/28 when we chat about the book
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