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Angie Thomas in Conversation with MK Asante

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Oakland Technical High School Auditorium

300-340 42nd Street

Oakland, CA 94609

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Angie Thomas, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Hate U Give, presents her highly anticipated second novel, On the Come Up, at Oakland Technical High School Auditorium on Monday, February 18, 3-5 p.m. Preshow entertainment by Oakland Youth at 2:30.

Thomas will be in conversation with MK Asante, award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and distinguished professor. The event is sponsored by Oakland Unified School District Library Services and Berkeley’s Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up (published February 5 by HarperCollins), an ode to hip-hop, is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free.

Individuals: Your $25 purchase includes a ticket and a copy of On the Come Up, available for pickup at the event.

Donations: In an effort to support Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) students, we are prioritizing books and attendance for those students. For funders and the general public who are able to give, a donation of $25 will sponsor a book and ticket for a young person who would otherwise be unable to purchase a book and attend. As a thank you, each person that sponsors an OUSD student to attend the event will receive a FREE copy of MK Asante's award-winning memoir, Buck.

To donate a ticket and book, simply select the Donate a Book + Ticket option before making your purchase below. Please feel free to donate as many tickets as you can to help support Oakland's youth.

If you are an OUSD educator who would like to bring a group of students, please request tickets here.

Oakland Public Library and other donors are sponsoring a limited number of free books/tickets for OUSD students. Please request tickets here.

There will be a limited number of tickets for sale on the day of the event at 2:45. Please plan to arrive early to secure a spot.

Parking & Details:

Street parking and on-campus parking are avaible at the 42nd Street entrance. Doors open at 2:30pm, show starts at 3pm. Please arrive early to find parking and a good seat.

Additional Guidelines:

  • Tickets are required to attend. General ticket holders receive a copy of On the Come Up, as well as admission to a discussion between Angie Thomas and MK Asante and audience Q&A plus entry into the signing line. Seating is limited, and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Purchase of a ticket guarantees entrance to the event, but may not necessarily guarantee a seat at the event, as later arrivals may be placed in standing room only.

  • There is a maximum of two general admission tickets allowed per purchase.

  • Angie will sign books following the discussion and audience Q&A. A copy of On the Come Up is necessary to join the signing line, which is included in the ticket holder price. Angie will personalize ONE copy of On the Come Up and will sign one additional book (purchased on site or brought from home). No more than two books will be signed.

  • Photos with Angie are allowed across the signing table. You are not allowed behind the table.

  • No flash photography is allowed during the on-stage portion of the event. Video recording, audio recording, and/or live-streaming during the event is not possible without prior written permission from HarperCollins and Parnassus Books.



A former teen rapper, Angie Thomas holds a BFA in creative writing from Bellhaven University. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000 starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. She was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi.



MK Asante is the author of It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation and Buck: A Memoir, currently being adapted into a major motion picture.


For more information about Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Library Services, visit them here.

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