“Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride” Childrens Picture Book To Debut in February 2019

ST. LOUIS—Lion Forge is proud to announce the publication of the next book by Joel Christian Gill (Strange Fruit), released in time for Black History Month 2019!

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride is a fun imagined account of a young Bessie Stringfield, a true adventurer and one of the first African-American women to travel solo across the United States on a motorcycle.

“Fast Enough is for anyone who has ever been told that they are not enough. You are enough just as you are and Bessie’s story proves that,” says Joel Christian Gill.

Have you ever been told that you’re not enough? That you’re not strong enough, tall enough, or fast enough? Bessie was told she was not enough.

“I’ve been following Joel’s career with great interest since he published this first Strange Fruitvolume with Fulcrum,” says Lion Forge Editor-in-Chief Andrea Colvin. “His #28daysarenotenough campaign is just the kind of movement Lion Forge is happy to support. Fast Enough, which introduces a black female motorcyclist—and the concept of forming your own ideas of what you can or can’t do–to children is the first of what we hope are many Joel Christian Gill books to come from Lion Forge.”

Fast Enough combines an imagined story of Bessie Stringfield as a young girl with historical facts about the real Bessie, and an essential read for parents and children alike! This must-read picture book arrives in stores in February of 2019, and deserves a place on bookshelves in libraries, living rooms, and classrooms everywhere.

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