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Thursday, June 27, 2019
A Few Drops of Red

A Conversation and Reading with Claire Hartfield, Author of A Few Drops of Red.

Book Summary:
On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the “white” beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations.

Claire Hartfield

Claire Hartfield was the winner of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Award for outstanding young adults’ literature by an African-American author. For more information about her or her books, visit her website at,