Author Visit: Nic Stone

Author Visit: Nic Stone
Posted on 02/26/2019
Nic Stone at HHS

Nic Stone, NY Times Bestselling author of Dear Martin, spoke to 800 students on Monday, 2/25 in the HHS auditorium.  As a mother of two sons, she shared her motivation for writing a book that explores why black boys are often seen as threats instead of as boys. She was also motivated to write about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how his teachings and philosophies relate to race issues today.  She talked about the basis for her characters and the real-life experiences that influenced the choices she made as a writer.  Nic Stone answered many questions, including giving students advice on how to handle classmates who are not open to listening or empathizing.  She said that the main message of the book is the first sentence from page 152: “You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you.

Nic Stone also talked about her writing process, encouraging students to “just write!”  She emphasized that first drafts don’t have to be perfect and that the final draft can be must different from the first draft.  Her first draft of Dear Martin was twice as long as the final copy!  In addition, she shared details on her many upcoming books and writing projects, including a sequel to Dear Martin called Dear Justyce.

After her talk, Nic Stone signed books for students and received several poems that students had written based on her book.  Instead of working on her rough draft of her sequel, she decided to spend the rest of the day visiting with students in the classroom, asking and answering questions. 

This Hastings Reads event ended with a packed evening presentation by Nic Stone at the Hastings Arts Center that was open to the public!  Hastings Reads is our One Book program, and the theme for 2019 was “All Are Welcome!”