Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova launch “Belles and Brujas” tour.


Authors Dhonielle Clayton (l.) and Zoraida Cordova (r.), courtesy of Sarah Nicole Lemon.Authors Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova will embark on their 13-city “Belles and Brujas” tour across the United States this June.

Dhonielle Clayton is New York Times bestselling author of The Belles. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle.

Zoraida Córdova is author of the Brooklyn Brujas series. He newest book is Bruja Born. Lula Mortiz wants the comfort of her family and her boyfriend–things that were stolen from her when her sister’s Encantrix powers came to fruition. But when a bus crash kills all her classmates, Lula uses her own healing magic to defy Death and bring them all back to life, with terrifying consequences.

The full tour schedule can be seen below and is subject to change:

  • June 5 at 7 pm – Brookline Village Library (Boston, MA) with Julie C. Dao and Sasha Alsberg
  • June 6 at 6 pm – Barnes & Noble Neshaminy Mall (Bensalem, PA) with Sarah Nicole Lemon and I.W. Gregorio
  • June 7 at 7 pm – One More Page Books (Arlington, VA) with Sarah Nicole Lemon
  • June 8 at 7 pm – Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway (New York, NY) with Laura Sebastian and Tochi Onyebuchi
  • June 9 at 2 pm – Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL) with E.K. Johnston and Samira Ahmed
  • June 12 at 7 pm – Tattered Cover Aspen Grove (Littleton, CO) with Amalie Howard
  • June 13 at 7 pm – Vroman’s (Pasadena, CA) with Grechen McNeil
  • June 14 at 7 pm – Sourth Irving Library (Irving, TX) with Julie Murphy, Amina Mae Safi and Justina Ireland
  • June 15 at 5:30 pm – Blue Valley Library (Overland Park, KS) with Tessa Gratton, Justina Ireland and Natalie C. Parker
  • June 17 at 2 pm – Murder by the Book (Houston, TX) with Mari Mancusi, Jamie Questell and Katharine McGee
  • June 19 at 6:30 pm – Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN) with Victoria Schwab and Julie Murphy
  • June 20 at 7:30 pm – Georgia Center for the Book (Decatur, GA) with Julie Murphy and Scott Reintgen
  • June 21 at 7 pm – St. Louis County Library Headquarters (St. Louis, MO) with Tracy Banghart

Attendees can expect raffles, prizes, and exclusive swag. The authors will also be spending time at juvenile facilities for at-risk girls.

“We want to get in front of our readers and have real discussions about beauty and power,” said Córdova.

“Neither of us had these kinds of narratives growing up. Coming from marginalized backgrounds, the stories about girls who look like us are often about pain and the absence of power. Now, we have the opportunity to create the heroes we never had,” said Clayton.

The tour will donate a percentage of sales to We Need Diverse Books, to continue the efforts to advocate change in the children’s publishing industry, and make sure every kid gets to see themselves as the hero of a story. Learn more about the Belles and Brujas tour at its website.

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