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Exclusive announcement: The Belles & Brujas book tour with Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Cordova

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Mar 29, 2018, 8:02 AM EDT (Updated)

If you're a fan of young adult fantasy novels, then we have quite the treat to announce for you.

Dhonielle Clayton, author of the recent hit novel The Belles, and Zoraida Córdova, author of the Brooklyn Brujas series (the most recent of which, Bruja Bornreleases on June 5) are going on an epic tour . . . together. 

It's a YA tour-de-force that is called the Belles & Brujas Tour.

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They'll hit 13 different cities in the United States, and we can already tell it's going to be one for the history books.

Clayton is the COO of We Need Diverse Books, an organization that promotes the importance of representation in children's literature. Her most recent book The Belles was published by Disney/Freeform. Córdova's Brooklyn Brujas series, the first of which is Labyrinth Lost, is published by Sourcebooks and was optioned by Paramount Pictures last year. Both The Belles and Bruja Born deal with similar coming-of-age themes, with girls who have access to magic and the power to change things as a result.

dhonielle clayton and zoraida cordova

Photo credit: Sarah Nicole Lemon

Not only will you get the chance to see these two authors in their full glory (an opportunity you shouldn't miss), but you'll have the opportunity to see some amazing guest authors on tour with them. Julie C. Dao (The Forest of a Thousand Lanterns), Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), Julie Murphy (Dumplin'), Tessa Gratton (The Queens of Innis Lear), and V. E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic) are just a few of the amazing authors who will be joining Clayton and Córdova on their Belles and Brujas tour. Anyone who attends one of these events can expect raffles, prizes, and swag you won't be able to get your hands on anywhere else. This will include We Need Diverse Books swag bags with early copies of eagerly anticipated books that haven't even hit shelves yet.

It's not just about the book tour, though. Clayton and Córdova are personal friends, and they want to give something back. They're planning on visiting juvenile facilities for at-risk girls on their tour stops. They will also donate 10 percent of their sales during the tour to We Need Diverse Books. “We want to be able to share whatever bit of hope we can. There’s power in words,” said Córdova. “We want this tour to be fun and exciting for everyone. But we also want to contribute to change,” added Clayton.

Now to the good stuff: Is the Belles & Brujas tour coming to a city near you? We've got your exclusive peek of where you can see these authors, plus their guests, in June.

belles brujas tour cities

Tuesday, June 5th @ 7PM
Trident Booksellers & Cafe

338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA
Special guests: Julie C. Dao & Sasha Alsberg

Wednesday, June 6th @ 6PM 
Barnes & Noble Neshaminy Mall

300 Neshaminy Mall
Bensalem, PA
Special guests: Justina Ireland & I.W. Gregorio

Thursday, June 7th @ TBA
One More Page Books
2200 N Westmoreland St
Arlington, VA
Special guests: Justina Ireland

Friday, June 8th @ 7PM
Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway, Upper West Side
2289 Broadway
New York, NY
Special guests: TBA

Saturday, June 9th @ 2PM 
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
123 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL
Special guests: TBA

Tuesday, June 12th @ 7PM 
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

7301 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO
Special guests: Amalie Howard

Wednesday, June 13th @ 7PM

695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
Special guests: Gretchen McNeil & Nicola Yoon

Thursday, June 14th @ 2PM
The Irving Public Library

Girl's Rock Panel (Books for sale through Frisco B&N)
Special guests: Jennifer Mathieu, Julie Murphy

Friday, June 15th @ 5:30PM 
Blue Valley Library

9000 151st St
Overland Park, KS
Special guests: Tessa Gratton, Justina Ireland & Natalie C. Parker

Sunday, June 17th @ 2PM
Murder by the Book

2342 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX
Special guests: Mari Mancusi & Jamie Questell

Tuesday, June 19th @ 6:30PM 
Parnassus Books

Hillsboro Plaza Shopping Center
3900 Hillsboro Pike #14
Nashville, TN
Special guests: Victoria/V.E. Schwab

Wednesday, June 20th @ TBA

Georgia Center for the Book
at DeKalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, Georgia
Special guests: Nic Stone

Thursday, June 21st @ TBA
St. Louis County Library

1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

For more information, or the latest updates as this tour gets close, visit the official tour webpage.

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