The first story in Alice Faye’s Civil Rights Trilogy, MEMPHIS, MARTIN & THE MOUNTAINTOP, came out in 2018 from Calkins Creek to starred reviews and a Caldecott Honor for famed illustrator R. Gregory Christie. The second installment, illustrated by acclaimed illustrator Charly Palmer, picks up with the trial of Burton Dodson, and highlights the fight for voting rights by Black sharecroppers evicted from their tent city in Fayette County in the late 1950s.
Carolyn Yoder at Boyds, Mill & Kane/Calkins Creek has acquired Evicted: Burton Dodson, Voting Rights and the Fayette County Tent City Movement by Alice Faye Duncan (l.), illustrated by Charly Palmer, a picture book that explores the grassroots voting rights movement in Tennessee, which began with the unsuccessful lynching of Burton Dodson and ended with evicted Black sharecroppers achieving their right to vote. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary sold World rights on behalf of the author; Ayanna Jones at SolarPencil represented the illustrator.
An amazing story, told by a capable writer and brought to life by a talented illustrator, comes to bookstores in spring 2022!
I can’t wait!
Congratulations, Alice Faye.