Grubbie Debuts: Desmond Hall with Jennifer De Leon, Your Corner Dark [Virtual]

Join GrubStreet Novel Incubator alum Desmond Hall for the launch of his debut novel, Your Corner Dark, in conversation with GrubStreet Board Member Jennifer De Leon. This event is free and open to all to attend, and is hosted on Crowdcast, hosted by Porter Square Books in partnership with GrubStreet and 826 Boston. Join us for this virtual talk featuring reading and conversation about Your Corner Dark - featuring a door prize raffle!


We're partnering with author Desmond Hall is partnering and 826 Boston to raise donated copies of his book Your Corner Dark for students at Boston Public Schools! We're hoping, with your help, to donate 75 copies to students who will have the opportunity to hear from Desmond and take home their own copy of the book. You can donate a copy for a BPS student here, or at the bottom of this page. (No need to pick up or ship your donation - we'll take care of getting books to 826 Boston!)

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American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.

Things can change in a second:

The second Frankie Green gets that scholarship letter, he has his ticket out of Jamaica.

The second his longtime crush, Leah, asks him on a date, he’s in trouble.

The second his father gets shot, suddenly nothing else matters.

And the second Frankie joins his uncle’s gang in exchange for paying for his father’s medical bills, there’s no going back...or is there?

As Frankie does things he never thought he’d be capable of, he’s forced to confront the truth of the family and future he was born into—and the ones he wants to build for himself.

Desmond Hall is a Jamaican born author whose debut YA novel, YOUR CORNER DARK, a fast-paced thriller is due out in January ’21. He graduated Marquette University with a BA in Journalism and has written and directed an HBO feature movie, “A Day in Black and White,” which was nominated for the Gordon Parks Award.  He’s also written and directed a full-length stage play, “Stockholm, Brooklyn” that won the Audience Award at the Downtown Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane theater. The play was also picked for the Public Theater’s New Works Series.  For two years, he worked as a high school Biology and English teacher in Brooklyn, NY. In this period of my life he also counseled teenage ex-cons after their release from Riker’s Island Correctional Institution.

While working in the advertising and film industry Desmond has served on the board of the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the Advertising Council, judged the One Show, Addys and the NYC Downtown Film Festival. He’s also been named one of Variety magazine’s Top 50 Creatives to Watch. He is a recent graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program, where he developed Your Corner Dark

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a GrubStreet instructor and board member, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She lives in the Boston area.

826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.

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Event date: 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Your Corner Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534460713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 19th, 2021

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Cover Image
By Jennifer De Leon, Elena Garnu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534438248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 18th, 2020