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


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Melanin in YA News

  • Stay tuned for the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide and the first Holiday Giveaway coming in the next news roundup!

Book Deals

  • In a six-figure deal, R. Eric Thomas sold his YA contemporary debut Kings of B’MORE, coming summer 2022 from Kokila.
  • Sami Brice sold her YA graphic novel, RIPPLE, coming 2024 from Random House Graphic.
  • Circe Moskowitz and illustrator, Caleb Hosalla sold their debut graphic novel, GOOD MOURNING, coming fall 2024 from Dial.
  • Aleema Omotoni sold her debut, EVERYONE’S THINKING IT, coming spring 2023 from HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Publisher Breakdown 2021 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON by Ryan Douglass sold to Italy.
  • MONDAY’S NOT COMING and ALLEGEDLY by Tiffany D. Jackson sold to Poland. WHITE SMOKE sold to Poland and Spain. GROWN sold to Finland.
  • FINDING JUPITER by Kelis Rowe sold to Brazil.

Tinseltown – Adaptation News

  • The film adaptation for ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas began filming.

Cover Reveals

  • The cover was unveiled for OUT THERE: INTO THE QUEER NEW YONDER anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell, featuring stories by K. Ancrum, Kalynn Bayron, Alechia Dow, Leah Johnson, Claire Kann (June 7, 2022).
  • Kingdom of Souls Universe unveiled the cover for MASTER OF SOULS by Rena Barron (Summer 2022).
    • Artwork: Adeyemi Adegbesan
    • Design: Jenna Stempel-Lobell
  • Rebecca Barrow unveiled the cover for BAD THINGS HAPPEN HERE (June 28, 2022).
  • i09 unveiled the cover for BLOODMARKED by Tracy Deonn (July 26, 2022).
    • Jacket Illustration: Hillary Wilson
    • Jacket Design: Laura Eckes
  • Penguin Teen unveiled the cover for ZYLA & KAI by Kristina Forest (June 7, 2022).
    • Artist: Adriana Bellet
    • Cover/Jacket Design: Kaitlin Yang
  • The Rumpus unveiled the cover for HOW YOU GROW WINGS by Rimma Onoseta (August 9, 2022).
    • Illustration: Adriana Bellet
  • We Need Diverse Books unveiled the cover for FINDING JUPITER by Kelis Rowe (May 31, 2022).
    • Illustration: Delmaine Donson
    • Design: Ray Shappell
  • Liselle Sambury unveiled the cover for BLOOD LIKE FATE (August 9, 2022).
    • Illustration: Thea Harvey Design
    • Design: Becca Syracuse
  • Ciannon Smart celebrated UK Black History Month by unveiling the cover of EMPRESS CROWNED IN RED (Summer 2022).
    • Illustration: Ashley Straker
  • R. Eric Thomas unveiled the cover for KINGS OF B’MORE (May 31, 2022).
    • Art: Alexis Franklin

Bestseller Lists

NYT: WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS by Lauren Blackwood debuted at #5.

Indie: WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS by Lauren Blackwood debuted at #9.


Buzz – Starred Reviews

General Updates


November 2021 Book Releases

November 2, 2021

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

Black Was the Ink by Michelle Coles

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed Edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

November 23, 2021

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

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