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Leah Vernon for THE UNION

January 18, 7 pm8 pm.
Leah Vernon for THE UNION

Join us in-store to launch author and body-positive activist Leah Vernon’s daring dystopian novel that explores the power of friendship in a future society built on violence and division.


A thousand years in the future, a Black elite class reigns. The lower classes toil in the fields or scrape by in blighted cities, serving their rulers in a cruel, divided world.

Among the Elites is eighteen-year-old Avi Jore, born to a powerful father and destined to rule. But as she comes of age, Avi cannot help but notice the injustices in her world—the treatment of enslaved workers, the oppression of the lower classes. Her disillusionment grows when she meets Saige Wilde, a mixed-race enslaved girl whose only goal is escaping beyond the borders of their brutal nation.

When Saige saves Avi from an assassination attempt, their paths become intertwined in ways they never imagined. As Saige plots her path to freedom, Avi tries to enact change from the inside. But it’s a complicated endeavor, fraught with danger and malice.

Together, their efforts could spark a revolution—and underscore the staggering power of friendship.

About the author:

Leah Vernon is an author, body-positive activist, and the first international plus-size Hijabi model. During her double master’s program, she started a blog about being a fat Black Muslim in Detroit experiencing everything from eating disorders to anti-Blackness. She’s been featured in ads from Target to Old Navy and even made it to the New York Times and HuffPost. She currently resides in New York City. Connect with her on Instagram (@lvernon2000) and on her website: www.LeahVernon.com.

NOTE: A ticket purchase is required for admission. You may redeem your ticket at the event for $5 off any book (such as a signed copy of THE UNION).

**This is a masked event! Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:


-Chills or sweats


-Sore throat

-Shortness of breath

-Runny nose

-Loss of sense of smell/taste

We are happy to refund you for your ticket if you’re unable to attend due to health precautions. We appreciate your consideration in keeping Queens safe.**


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