A Few Red Drops,” the latest book by Alain Locke Board Chair Claire Hartfield, has been named a finalist for the 2019 L.A. Times Book Prize.

A Few Red Drops” is nominated in the “Young Adult Literature” category. The book examines the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, a racially-charged riot that claimed the lives of 38 people. The event broke out after a black teenager was killed by a group of white teens during a confrontation at a Lake Michigan beach.

As a finalist, Ms. Hartfield joins the ranks of prominent authors including First Lady Michelle Obama and Michael Lewis, author of books like “Moneyball” and “The Big Short.”

The L.A. Times Book Prize nomination is only that latest recognition for “A Few Red Drops.”

Last month, Ms. Hartfield received the 2019 ‘Author’ award from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for the work.

Late last year, the Illinois Reading Council announced the selection of ‘A Few Red Drops’ for its 2019 ILLINOIS READS program.

Winners of the 2019 L.A. Times Book Prize will be announced on April 12 during a ceremony at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium.

For the full list of 2019 nominees, visit: https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/bookprizes/.

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