August Part Two 2021 News, Deals, Reveals, & More


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Book Deals

  • Kacen Callender sold a two-book six-figure deal for their contemporary novel, LARK & KASIM START A REVOLUTION coming 2022 from Abrams.
  • Candice Iloh sold world English rights to their next novel in verse, SALT THE WATER coming 2023 from Dutton.
  • Cam Montgomery‘s short story will be featured in the contemporary anthology, OUT OF OUR LEAGUE edited by Dahlia Adler and Jennifer Iacopelli coming from Feiwel and Friends in 2023.
  • The historical fiction graphic novel, NOT LIGHT, BUT FIRE: THE STORY OF MARY BOWSER by Jamie McGhee writing as Jay Leslie, illustrated by Charlot Kristensen sold to Henry Holt, coming 2024.

Publisher Breakdown 2021 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray sold to Hungary, Poland, Brazil, Romania, Russia, and Spain.

Cover Reveals

  • The cover was reveal across Instagram for EVERY VARIABLE OF US by Charles A. Bush (March 1, 2022)

Cover Artist: Kah Yangni


Note: To see the latest virtual events coming up, be sure to visit the Events page!

  • Jason Reynolds appeared on NBC to give us a tour of his renovated DC residence. Watch the full segment here.

Buzz – Starred Reviews

General Updates

  • The release date for WILD TONGUES CAN’T BE TAMED Edited by Saraciea J. Fennell has been pushed to November 2, 2021.
  • Harper Glenn has switched representation and is now represented by Andrea Morrison at Writers House.
  • Asia Harden has joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers as the new Editorial Assistant.


September 2021 Book Releases

September 7, 2021

The Problem with the Other Side by Kwame Ivery

We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson

So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow

The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Battle of the Bands Edited by Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith

September 14, 2021

Kneel by Candace Buford

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

September 21, 2021

Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles

September 28, 2021

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

For All Time by Shanna Miles

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