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Ryan Gattis

Biography

Ryan Gattis

Ryan Gattis is a writer & educator. His most recent book, ALL INVOLVED: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, is grounded in 2.5 years of research & background spent with former Latino gang members, firefighters, nurses & other L.A. citizens who lived through it. Set to be translated into 13 languages, The New York Times called it a “a high-octane speedball of a read” & its film rights have been acquired by HBO. Gattis lives and writes in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the street art crew UGLARworks & a founding board member of 1888, a Southern California literary arts non-profit.

Books by Ryan Gattis

by Ryan Gattis - Prejudice , Racism, Sports, Young Adult 11+

After 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore, where he struggles to fit in to a new school and community. His new friend Akil introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them.

by Ryan Gattis - Mystery, Politics, Suspense, Thriller, Youth Fiction

At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted three white Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue a black man named Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a fourth officer. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. In nearly 121 hours, 53 lives were lost. Ryan Gattis tells 17 interconnected first-person narratives that paint a portrait of modern America itself --- laying bare our history, our prejudices and our complexities.