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


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Book Deals

  • Bethany Baptiste sold world English rights for her debut YA contemporary fantasy, THE POISONS WE DRINK, coming Winter 2022 from Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Jumata Emill sold their debut, a thriller, THE BLACK QUEEN, coming summer 2023 from Delacorte Press.
  • Pamela N. Harris sold a contemporary and second book, THIS TOWN IS ON FIRE coming winter 2023 from Quill Tree.
  • Luvvie Jones sold her nonfiction title, PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: A FEAR-FIGHTER MANUAL FOR TEENS in a two book deal, coming May 2022 from Philomel.
  • Ebony LaDelle sold her debut contemporary novel, Love Radio, coming Summer 2022 from Simon and Schuster.
  • Hannah Sawyerr sold her debut novel in verse, CALL HIM BY NAME, coming Fall 2023 from Abram’s Children.
  • Justin A. Reynolds sold HOUSE PARTY, a multi-authored romcom including contributors, Jerry Craft, Natasha Diaz, Lamar Giles, and Christina Hammonds Reed, coming summer 2023 from Joy Revolution.
  • Charlene Thomas sold world rights for their contemporary novel, SETON GIRLS, coming Fall 2022 from Dutton.

Publisher Breakdown 2021 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON by Ryan Douglass sold to the UK.
  • BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray sold to Romania.

Tinseltown – Adaptation News

  • Netflix is developing BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray. Melody Cooper is adapting the screenplay, Bryan Unkeless’ Clubhouse Pictures will produce, and Scott Morgan will executive produce. – THR
  • Netflix is developing a TV adaptation RAYBEARER by Jordan Ifueko. Gina Atwater will create, produce, direct and write the series. – Variety

Cover Reveals

  • Marvel unveiled the cover for OKOYE TO THE PEOPLE by Ibi Zoboi (March 1, 2022)

Bestseller Lists


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  • Ayana Gray appeared on Good Morning America to promote BEASTS OF PREY. Watch the full clip here.


Buzz – Starred Reviews

General Updates


October 2021 Book Releases

October 5, 2021

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert

Shattered Midnight by Dhonielle Clayton

Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Looking For Grace by Pamela Varnado

October 26, 2021

Rest Easy by Warona Jolomba 

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil

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