Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing takes place at a time when American patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they never would claim.
Anderson says the idea for the book came while he was watching a Revolutionary War reenactment at the Battle of Old North Bridge, near his childhood home. He began to wonder what it would have been like to be forced to choose a side without knowing which side would be victorious.
Octavian Nothing won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Anderson’s first young adult novel, Feed, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Anderson’s appearance is cosponsored by Reading Reptile and the Kansas City Public Library. Copies of Anderson’s books will be available courtesy of Reading Reptile, and the author will sign copies purchased during the event.
A 6:30 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call 816.701.3407 or RSVP online.