The Colored Pages Team is super excited to announce the confirmed schedule for our first exclusively international book tour for Charming As a Verb by Ben Philippe!
Thank you to everyone that signed up and helped spread the word to ensure we find as many Own Voice and international readers as possible. There were so many people interested and we got more so many responses, which makes us super happy.
Be sure to check our hosts’ posts and visit the different stops we will have during the tour week and help promote the release of Charming as a Verb.
Publication date: September 18th, 2020
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Diversity tags: own-voices, Haitian
Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.
There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself.
Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for. . . .
This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.
Ben Philippe was born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, Qc, Canada, and now resides in New York. He is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers (UT Austin) and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. He has covered Media & Culture for Vanity Fair, Observer, The A.V. Club, The Guardian, Playboy, and Thrillist. His short stories have appeared in Five Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, Bookanista, and a couple of other places. He currently teaches at Barnard College in Manhattan, New York.
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