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Advocate through Fiction, a Talk with a Debut Author

Produced by Rachael Beaty

Edited by Ines Lalonde

This podcast episode takes a deep dive into debut author Debra Thomas’ fictionalized novel Luz. Her piece earned a 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. She was also the winner of the 2020 Sarton Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and a finalist for the 2020 International Book Awards. Thomas speaks about the inspiration that led her to write Luz. While also providing insight about the various careers she has pursued throughout her life, examining how they have helped influence her writing endeavors. Thomas is an out-spoken immigrant and refugee rights advocate, and her novel Luz aspires to tell an important and universal story.