Date and Time
Dec 4, 2022 6:00 pm
THE BLACK CELL | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation
Author Wendy Shaia will be signing copies at Busboys and Poets Books Columbia location from 6pm-8pm.
It's 2024 and police brutality against Black people is at an all-time high in Baltimore and across the country. Corey Masters, a young Black man, is deeply troubled by experiences of racism during his childhood. After a false arrest and beating by police, Corey's anger is at boiling point. It is then that his roommate introduces him to the Baltimore Cell, one of many secret groups around the country recruiting and training Black people for armed resistance.
Corey joins the Cell and meets Tasia, a young single mother who is trying to find a place in the world for herself and her toddler daughter. Both Corey and Tasia become involved in the Cell's armed resistance against white supremacy. The U.S. is on the verge of electing a new president, who will bring to power a group called The Alt, which is determined to return Black people to slavery. The Cell joins with La Lucha (its Latinx counterpart), which is organizing armed resistance to protect Latinx residents and immigrants. Together, the two groups maintain a growing membership in the millions.
The Black Cell is a Black dystopian fantasy, grounded in the author's experience as a Baltimore activist, professor, and social service leader. Unapologetically targeted to Black readers and others interested in Black liberation, this will appeal to readers of utopian fantasies.
Wendy Shaia is a British-born Jamaican living in Maryland, United States, Wendy Shaia has always dreamed of being a writer. Her real life, however, included a satisfying job as a social work professor and mother to a large, joyfully blended family. As videos of police killings of Black people went viral on social media and on the news, Wendy began writing as an emotional release, and The Black Cell was born. She is currently working on the sequel to The Black Cell. When she isn't writing, Wendy is most likely gardening, dancing swing, or listening to her young adult children roast each other.