Honors College Mic

photograph of Ayana GrayAyana Gray 

Wed., October 27, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Gearhart Hall Auditorium 
Reception to follow, Honors Student Lounge, Gearhart Hall 130

View Ayana's fantastic lecture here! 

Netflix deal. New York Times Best Sellers List. Good Morning America appearance. Honors College alumna Ayana Gray (B.A., political science, cum laude, African and African American Studies, '15) is making a splash with her debut novel, Beasts of Prey. The first in a pan-African-inspired fantasy trilogy, Beasts of Prey follows two Black teenagers, Koffi and Ekon, who strike a deal to enter a magical jungle and take down the monster that’s been menacing their city for close to a century.  

Beasts of Prey was acquired by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin, in a seven-figure deal. It was published in the U.S. on Sept. 28 and immediately landed on the New York Times YA Best Sellers List. Beasts of Prey will also be published internationally across five continents and 16 countries and is being developed by Netflix as a feature film, with Melody Cooper adapting the screenplay. 

Honors College Mic showcases notable leaders, alumni and top faculty members who share insights and expertise on a wide range of topics. Overall, these lectures foster intellectual conversation at the University of Arkansas through dialogue between lecturer and student, faculty and staff, and the wider populace.