The Hate U Give Author to Headline October 1 Library Fundraiser

Angie Thomas

The Omaha Public Library Foundation will proudly host its sixth annual fundraiser featuring The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus.

Presented by Lozier, event proceeds from Between the Lines with Angie Thomas will support Omaha Public Library programs and services. Among those programs is Omaha Reads, which featured The Hate U Give as its 2018 selection. 

The Tuesday evening fundraiser also includes the presentation of the Omaha Public Library Foundation's 2019 Barbara Bock-Mavis Leadership Award to Eileen Wirth, a founding member and longtime supporter of the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

Thomas is the recipient of the 2018 William C. Morris Award and the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and was nominated for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. She is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Born, raised, and still residing in Jackson, Mississippi—and a former teen rapper—she holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in hip hop.


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For its “pointed examinations of gun violence, racial profiling, and political activism,” The Hate U Give has become an instant masterwork of the YA genre: called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time” by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green. Part of a 13-house publishing auction, the novel is now a major motion picture. 

The Hate U Give explores the world of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter: a girl who walks a careful line between her upper-crust prep school and the poverty-stricken neighborhood where she grew up. But when she witnesses a police officer shooting her best friend Khalil—an unarmed youth—Starr is plunged into even more uncertainty.

Thomas’ second novel, On the Come Upis about what it means to be young and black in America, when freedom of speech isn’t always free. It “feels like an event of political urgency,” says The Times, “a love letter to hip hop, to family, to Michael B. any pop culture that holds a mirror so that kids like Bri can see themselves too.” 

Previous authors featured at the annual fundraiser include Margaret Atwood (2014), Wally Lamb (2015), Tobias Wolff (2016), Hope Jahren (2017), and Amy Thielen (2018).

For more information, contact the Omaha Public Library Foundation: or (402) 444-4589.

Special Thanks to Our 2019 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Claire M. Hubbard Foundation
Dan & Tina Lonergan
Paul & Annette Smith

Executive Editor
Mike & Susan Lebens
Omaha Steaks

Contributing Editor
Amy Haddad & Steve Martin

Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture
BCDM Architects
Brian & Anne Branigan
BVH Architecture
Scott & Julie Cobb
Sean Craig & Traci Hancock
First National Bank of Omaha
Hanscom Park Studio
Mutual of Omaha
Morrissey Engineering
RDG Planning & Design
Visions Custom Framing