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  • Event
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Teen (13–18)
  • YAWP/Teen

Porter Square Books x YAWP x 826 Boston: Nick Brooks, author of Promise Boys, with Karen McManus

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
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Event Description

*Please note that the location of this event has been changed to Porter Square Books: Cambridge (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140)*

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Nick Brooks, author of the new YA mystery Promise Boys! Bestselling author Karen McManus will join him in conversation. This event will take place at 7pm on Friday, February 3rd at Porter Square Books: Cambridge Location (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140). Register with GrubStreet to let us know you're coming and to receive event updates! More information on

**YAWPers who register for the event on our website will get priority seating and have their name entered in a raffle for a chance to win some free swag, including Promise Boys hoodies, art prints, and totes!**

Promise Boys (2023): The Urban Promise Prep School vows to turn boys into men. As students, J.B., Ramón, and Trey are forced to follow the prestigious "program's" strict rules. Extreme discipline, they’ve been told, is what it takes to be college bound, to avoid the fates of many men in their neighborhoods. This, the Principal Moore Method, supposedly saves lives.

But when Moore ends up murdered and the cops come sniffing around, the trio emerges as the case's prime suspects. With all three maintaining their innocence, they must band together to track down the real killer before they are arrested. But is the true culprit hiding among them?

About the Author: Nick Brooks is an author and award-winning filmmaker from Washington, DC. He is a 2020 graduate of USC's TV and Film Production program. His short film, Hoop Dreamin', earned him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was a finalist in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Film Fest. He is currently in development for his first feature film, We Were Born Kings, with Mandalay Pictures. Before becoming a filmmaker, Nick was an educator working with at-risk youth and many of his stories are colored by his experiences with the children and families of his community. He is also the author of Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont. Follow Nick on Twitter and on Instagram.

Space Accessability:

Our space is fully ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. ALS available for hard of hearing individuals when requested ahead of time. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. To arrange for any ADA-related concern, please contact [email protected] or (617) 675-9760.


Porter Square Books is a mask-friendly space. Proof of vaccination is not required.


***If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected]***


This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.

Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.