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Signed, Personalized Copies of RISE! + FREE Art Print


We're proud to offer signed,
personalized copies of

RISE! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

by Bethany Hegedus
illustrated by Tonya Engel

*Order from BookPeople by 10/20/2019 & receive a FREE art print by Tonya Engel with your order!*


To order your signed, personalized copy & art print:

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NOTE: Any orders that come in after publication date (8/13) will be signed on October 20th and shipped the week after. 

The gifted print (pictured below) will be an 8" x 10" acid free 60lb matt giclee with acid free white mount enclosed in a UV protected clear protective sleeve. 


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this beautiful biography of Maya Angelou describes how she rose above a childhood of trauma and emotional pain to become one of the most inspiring voices of our lifetime. 

Writer, activist, trolley car conductor, dancer, mother, and humanitarian—Maya Angelou's life was marked by transformation and perseverance. In this comprehensive picture-book biography geared towards older readers, Bethany Hegedus lyrically traces Maya's life from her early days in Stamps, Arkansas through her work as a freedom fighter to her triumphant rise as a poet of the people. A foreword by Angelou's grandson, Colin A. Johnson, describes how a love of literature and poetry helped young Maya overcome childhood trauma and turn adversity into triumph. Coupled with Tonya Engel's metaphorical and emotive illustrations, this biography beautifully conveys the heartaches and successes of this truly phenomenal woman, and is a powerful tribute to the written word.


Bethany Hegedus is an award-winning author of picture books and middle-grade novels, including Grandfather Gandhi and Alabama Spitfire. A former educator, she teaches widely and enjoys mentoring young writers. Hegedus is owner and creative director of the Writing Barn, a writing workshop and retreat center. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.


Tonya Engel is a self-taught painter and children's book illustrator, including the pictures for Our Lady of Guadalupe and the jacket art for Hurricane Child. Her work is inspired by southern folk artists. Early in her career she explored abstract painting, but soon began to concentrate on figurative form mixed with emotion and expressionistic narrative. This art style was the perfect complement to Maya Angelou's lyrical storytelling. Engel lives in Houston, Texas.

Thank you for supporting Bethany Hegedus, Tonya Engel and your local, independent bookstore! 

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou Cover Image
By Bethany Hegedus, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620145876
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lee & Low Books - August 13th, 2019