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Community Programs Book Club Sign-Up Form

Calling all bookworms, USL Community Programs Book Club has its next book selected and we have the author joining us this time! Join us as we read Beasts of Prey  by Ayana Gray. Sign up by Thursday, November 18 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, space is limited.  

Book club members will participate in a staff-led discussion section on either Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. EDT or Friday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to discuss the book and what we thought about it. Discussions will be held in person (location TBD), pending current safety protocols at the time of the meetings. All book club members will then attend a Zoom event with Ayana on Zoom Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The session will be moderated by Michaelangelo Misseri, Assistant Director for Student Engagement, and includes time for Q&A. 

Students participating will receive a signed physical copy of the book.

Questions? Please email

About the Author 

Ayana Gray is the New York Times bestselling author of Beasts of Prey, and a lover of all things monsters, mythos, and magic. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas where she reads avidly, follows Formula One racing, and worries over the varying moods of her adopted baby black rhino, Apollo, and her mini goldendoodle, Dolly.

About the Book

In this blockbuster fantasy series, fate binds two Black teenagers together as they journey into a magical jungle to hunt down a vicious monster.

There’s no such thing as magic in the broken city of Lkossa, especially for sixteen-year-old Koffi, who indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, knows the fearsome creatures in her care and paying off her family's debts to secure their eventual freedom can be her only focus. But the night those she loves are gravely threatened by the Zoo’s cruel master, Koffi unleashes a power she doesn’t fully understand, upending her life completely.
As the second son of a decorated hero, Ekon is all but destined to become a Son of the Six—an elite warrior—and uphold a family legacy. But on the night of his final rite of passage, Ekon encounters not only the Shetani—a vicious monster that has plagued the city for nearly a century and stalks his nightmares—but Koffi who seems to have the power to ward off the beast. Koffi’s power ultimately saves Ekon, but his choice to let her flee dooms his hopes of becoming a warrior.

Desperate to redeem himself, Ekon vows to hunt the Shetani and end its reign of terror, but he can’t do it alone. Koffi and Ekon form a tentative alliance and together enter the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild, frightening magic and untold dangers. The hunt begins. But it quickly becomes unclear whether they are the hunters or the hunted.

Discussion Sections

  • Tuesday, November 30, 6:307:30 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, December 3, 3:00–4:00 p.m. EDT

Author Zoom Meeting

  • Tuesday, December 7, 7:00–8:00 p.m. EDT

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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry


  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


  • They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera


  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto 

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