Angie Thomas in Conversation with MK Asante OFFSITE

discussing her new novel On the Come Up, an ode to hip hop. The ticketed event is co-sponsored by Oakland Unified School District Library Services and Mrs. Dalloway’s. Tickets and further information available through Eventbrite. Your $25 ticket includes a pre-signed copy of On the Come Up, available for pickup at the event. Note: Event is nearly sold out. There may be a limited number of tickets for sale on the day  of the event at 2:45, first come first served. Book purchase at the door required for entry.

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. Further details on our Eventbrite page.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up, 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.

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, award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and distinguished professor, 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.

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


  • Tickets are required to attend. General ticket holders receive a pre-signed copy of On the Come Up, as well as admission to a discussion between Angie Thomas and MK Asante and audience Q&A. 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.
  • Photos with Angie are allowed, but she will not be able to personalize your pre-signed book.

  • 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.

Event address: 
Oakland Technical High School Auditorium
300-340 42nd St
Oakland, CA 94609
On the Come Up Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062498564
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019