Black Girls’ Book Club in conversation with Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon

Thursday 24th June 2021
19:30 at Waterstones, Online Events

Join us for a very special online event with
six of the biggest voices in YA as they celebrate Blackout, the irresistible blockbuster YA romance of summer 2021 that celebrates Black love stories.

Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie Carter of the Black Girls’ Book Club will chat to all six contributors to this collection of charming, hilarious and heartbreaking tales: Belles author Dhonielle Clayton; New York Times bestselling authors Tiffany D. Jackson and Nic Stone; Angie Thomas, author of global hit The Hate U Give; The Beauty that Remains author Ashley Woodfolk; and Nicola Yoon author of Everything Everything.

The six intertwined love stories take place over the same night and intertwine to give the feel of a Netflix rom com in a book, with thirteen characters to root for. “Blackout is our love letter to love, to New York City, and to Black teens. Our reminder to them that their stories, their joy, their love is valid and worthy of being spotlighted” says Dhonielle Clayton.

Dhonielle and her fellow YA authors will give insights into the collection, share their own experiences of love and joy, and you can even put a question to the authors in the only UK public event for Blackout by submitting your questions upon ticket purchase or email .  

Tickets £5, or £11 including an exclusive sprayed edge edition of Blackout and limited-edition bookmark and print with art by Rachelle Baker, and booking fees and postage (UK only, books will be posted after the event).


Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter met at secondary school in North-East London and bonded over their shared love of books. Years later, Melissa, now a business development manager, and Natalie, a real estate lawyer, decided to channel that passion for reading and form the Black Girls' Book Club, a literature and social events platform that celebrates literature by Black female writers.

Now touted as one of the UK's top live literature events, Black Girls' Book Club have hosted Bernardine Evaristo, Roxane Gay, Malorie Blackman, Afua Hirsch, Tayari Jones, Angie Thomas and featured in media such as: Vogue, Stylist, BBC Radio, Buzzfeed, Metro, gal-dem, Pride and more. Melissa and Natalie’s debut book Grown will be published by Bloomsbury this September.


Please note that the Ticket & Book option for this event requires a UK postal address. Please do not select this option if you do not have a valid UK postal address as you will not receive the book and may still be charged. Books will be posted after the event and so will arrive a few days later.

This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date on the device of your choice.

Waterstones, Online Events
Thursday 24th June 2021

Sorry you've missed this one - search more events here

Book your ticket today

Terms & Conditions

Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling.
If you are unable to attend an event we can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details. Reserved copies cannot be guaranteed and may not always carry dedications.
All signings (unless otherwise stated) operate on a first come first served basis, so early arrival is often recommended.