In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with New York Times #1 Bestselling author and Jackson native Angie Thomas. Thomas took the publishing industry by storm with her debut novel, “The Hate U Give” (which has since been turned into a major motion picture), and has followed it up with the #1 novel “On The Come Up” and “Concrete Rose,” a prequel to “The Hate U Give.” She discusses “Concrete Rose,” why she chooses the stories she tells and meeting some of her literary and cultural heroes. Now an international phenomenon, she also tells why she stays in Mississippi. Plus, Ramsey and Thomas discuss creativity and her excellent writing guide titled Find Your Voice.

Season One: Episode Two.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.