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Hamline Professor’s Book Picked for Saint Paul Reading Initiative

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Meg Medina is a new faculty member in the Hamline low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program. Her young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, has been selected for the City of Saint Paul's Read Brave program

Read Brave Saint Paul is a city-wide reading program that uses books to bring citizens together around a common theme. The 2019 theme is housing.

Medina’s book features a main character who gives voice to those who are usually unheard.

Burn Baby Burn is a beautifully written novel about a Latina teenager living in Queens, New York, during the blazingly hot summer of 1977 when serial killer Son of Sam is terrorizing the city,” said Mary Rockcastle, Professor and Director of the Hamline Creative Writing Program.

“This is an authentic coming-of-age novel set, in true Meg Medina fashion, in the context of the crime, poverty, arson, and violence facing a city through the eyes of a particular teenage girl and her family,” Rockcastle concluded.

Medina joined the MFAC faculty this July after a stint as an invited guest author on campus. She has already begun working with Hamline MFAC students.

In addition to being selected for the Saint Paul Read Brave program, Burn Baby Burn was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.

Read Brave Saint Paul events with Medina will be announced soon.