Mid-October 2021 News, Deals, Reveals, & More


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Melanin in YA News

Book Deals

  • India Hill Brown sold her YA debut, a romantic comedy, RHYTHM & MUSE coming Winter 2023 from Quill Tree.
  • Willow Naomi Curry sold her debut, a mystery, ARCADIA, coming Spring 2023 from Levine Querido.
  • Camryn Garrett sold a rom-com, FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE, coming Spring 2023 from Kopf.
  • Moses Ose Utomi sold their YA fantasy debut, DAUGHTERS OF ODUMA coming spring 2023 from Atheneum.

Publisher Breakdown 2021 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Abike-Iyimide sold to Portugal and Russia.
  • LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn sold to Vietnam.
  • HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY by Safia Elhillo sold to Dar Almishkat for Arabic rights.
  • WE ARE NOT BROKEN by George M. Johnson sold to Spain.
  • LOVE RADIO by Ebony LaDelle sold to the UK.

Cover Reveals

  • The cover was revealed for ALL SIGNS POINT TO YES Edited by G Haron Davis, Cam Montgomery, & Adrianne White (May 31, 2022).
    • Illustration: Alex Cabal
    • Art Direction: Gigi Lau
    • Cover Design: Magen McCallum
  • Lane Clark unveiled the cover for LOVE TIMES INFINITY (July 2022).
    • Illustration: Erick Dávila
  • Joya Goffney unveiled the cover for novel, CONFESSIONS OF AN ALLEGED GOOD GIRL (May 3, 2022).
    • Cover Designer: Molly Fehr
    • Illustration: Mimi Moffie
  • Pride unveiled the cover for THE WITCHERY by S. Isabelle (July 26, 2022).
    • Illustration: Thea Harvey
    • Design: Stephanie Yang
  • SURVIVE THE DOME by Kosoko Jackson, out March 29, 2022, dropped a new cover!
  • The Quiet Pond unveiled the cover for CAFÉ CON LYCHEE by Emery Lee (May 10, 2022).
    • Cover Artist: Nero Hamaoui
    • Cover Designer: Erin Fitzsimmons
  • Fierce Reads unveiled the cover for TWICE AS PERFECT by Louisa Onomé (July 26, 2022).
    • Art: Steph Sing
    • Design: Rich Deas

Bestseller Lists

NYT: BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray debuted at #4.

Indie: BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray debuted at #4.


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

  • Kimberly Jones appeared on TMZ to promote WHY WE FLY. Watch the clip here.


  • ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé made the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards shortlist for Young Adult Fiction. You can vote now for the book to win.
  • Jas Hammonds has been chosen for the 2021-2022 Baldwin For the Arts Residency.
  • The MacArthur Fellowships named Ibram X. Kendi as one of twenty-five individuals to be a 2021 MacArthur Foundation Grant Recipient. The recipients each receive a $625,000 no-strings-attached award for their genius.
  • The 2021-2022 Florida Teens Read Award Nominees include THE BLACK FLAMINGO by Dean Atta, GROWN by Tiffany D. Jackson, STAMPED by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, THIS IS MY AMERICA by Kim Johnson, NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE by Lamar Giles, and LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn.

Buzz – Starred Reviews

General Updates

  • THIS POISON HEART by Kalynn Bayron earned out. Congrats, Kalynn!
  • The For Your Consideration period has begun for the Grammy Awards. Among those vying for a nomination include Mahogany L. Browne‘s CHLORINE SKY for Best Spoken Word album.
  • SHATTERED MIDNIGHT by Dhonielle Clayton has a new release date: January 18, 2022.
  • Barnes & Noble featured ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and BLACKOUT by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, & Nicola Yoon as some of the Best Teen & YA Books of 2021.
  • Black News Channel featured BLACK WAS THE INK Author, Michelle Coles.
  • Indigo revealed the Best Teen Books of 2021, including ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-íyímídé, BLOOD LIKE MAGIC by Liselle Sambury, and more.
  • Registration is still open for the Latinx Symposium hosted by The Highlights Foundation.
  • The Today Show featured BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray during the What To… Read Segment featuring Isaac Fitzgerald.
  • Louisa Onomé‘s sophomore YA novel, set to release in 2022 has a new title, TWICE AS PERFECT.
  • Shari B. Pennant has been chosen as the contributor to the COOL. AWKWARD. BLACK. Anthology.
  • Tin House YA Workshop has announced their 2022 faculty which includes Candice Iloh, and Leah Johnson. Applications close October 24, 2021. Information on scholarships and fee waivers is available at the link.
  • We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program is open to applications until October 31, 2021. Details here.
  • XOXO, Sierra is crowdfunding for their small bookish business. You can support here.


October 2021 Joy

Happy reading!


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