Rhonda Williams will be at Nightbird with new new YA novel, The Naming of Girl. RhondaWilliams lives in south Arkansas where she is an online composition instructor for Virtual Arkansas. She received an MFA in playwriting from the University of Arkansas, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
"Meet Girl Brown, the spunkiest nine-year-old in all the South. Girl lives with Tracie, her guardian, who smokes so much pot she "can't remember a thing," and Antoe, who is "big like a grown-up" only he is Girl's best (and only) friend and playmate. She spends most of her time taking care of Antoe and making sure they both keep out of Chuck's way. Chuck is Tracie's disabled Vietnam vet boyfriend. Life begins to spiral out of control when Girl finds a friend in the only African-American girl in her class, Cerese Miller, and begins to spend time with the Miller's against Chuck's demands. Things take an even grimmer turn when Chuck is thrown in jail for beating up Cerese's older brother, Brady, and Antoe is mysteriously sent away. Girl sets off on a journey to find Antoe that leads her to some unexpected allies in a monastery of Carmelite friars. The Naming of Girl is a page turner of a first novel with a group of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet."