Tim's latest book The Queen of Katwe is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the poorest slums of Uganda, who — inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary — has become an international chess champion.
The Queen of Katwe has been selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the original article for ESPN was nominated for a 2012 National Magazine Award. Check back for news of Phiona, and Tim's upcoming author appearances.
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"A moving and universal story of the power of potential and the wonder of perseverance. This story will inspire you— and will make you wonder how many more Phionas there are among us."
— GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON, New York Times bestselling
author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
“The Queen of Katwe is gripping. We witness Phiona’s incredible evolution as a player, as she competes against older and far more experienced competitors. It also offers readers a fascinating look at a war-torn and struggling nation, as well as the unlikely story of how her mentor Robert Katende, a refugee of Uganda’s civil war, has created a flourishing chess program for kids in one of Africa’s most treacherous slums. This story has the power to inspire girls everywhere."
— Alexandra Kosteniuk, Grandmaster,
12th Women's World Chess Champion
“The Queen of Katwe is one of the most inspiring, thought provoking, humbling books I’ve ever read. It’s a must-read for any chess player, woman, athlete, or frankly anyone who knows any of the previous three, aka everyone!”
— Siva Sankrithi, Math Teacher & Chess Coach,
Lakeside Upper School, Seattle, WA
"This story of a young woman's triumph over the unimaginably cruel fortune she was born into would pierce a heart of stone."
— HILLARY JORDAN, New York Times bestselling author of
Mudbound and When She Woke
Check out the short video produced
by ESPN featuring an interview with Phiona...VIEW VIDEO
Phiona has just completed competition in the 2012 Chess Olympiad... MORE
Phiona Mutesi finished first in qualifying among Ugandan women for the 2012 Chess Olympiad... MORE
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