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


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Melanin in YA News

  • The 2021 Bookish Holiday Gift Guide is here! 50 gifts under $60 from Black owned businesses and creators, with discount codes for XOXO, Sierra and Laurie Makes just for Melanin in YA readers! Woo! Also, stay tuned for an entire month of giveaways on Twitter and Instagram coming this December!
  • In case you missed it, Melanin in YA revealed the cover for THE UNDEAD TRUTH OF US by Britney S. Lewis!
  • As the year comes to a close, the final 3 newsletters of 2021 may be a bit light but they’ll still come and we’ve got plenty in store for 2022, so be sure that you’re a Patreon supporter at the ARC level or above to get the scoop on what’s coming! You won’t want to miss the year in review over there coming this December!

Book Deals

  • Dana Davis sold SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW, coming Fall 2022 from Skyscape.
  • JCJB sold their graphic novel, ANAMNESIS coming Winter 2026 from First Second.
  • Debut author, Shade Lapite sold a YA fantasy, GODDESS CROWN, in a two-book deal, coming Spring 2023 from Walker Books.

Publisher Breakdown 2021 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray sold to Greece.
  • RAYBEARER and REDEMPTOR by Jordan Ifueko sold to Italy.

Cover Reveals

  • .Jas Hammonds unveiled the cover for WE DESERVE MONUMENTS (July 12, 2022).
    • Illustration: Ukelaylie
  • Well-Read Black Girl unveiled the cover for LOVE RADIO by Ebony LaDelle (May 31, 2022). The cover was just dropped so be sure to support Well-Read Black Girl with a click and head over to see the cover there!
    • Illustrator: Noa Denmon
    • Art Director: Krista Vossen

Bestseller Lists

  • NYT: SKIN OF THE SEA by Natasha Bowen debuted at #10 on the November 21, 2021 List.
  • Indie: SKIN OF THE SEA by Natasha Bowen debuted at #12 on the November 10, 2021 List.


Buzz – Starred Reviews

General Updates

  • LOVE TIMES INFINITY by Lane Clarke has a release date! Mark your calendar for July 26, 2022.
  • Hugh H.D. Hunter is leading a Tin House 3-Hour Craft Intensive ($75) this December. For details, click here.
  • The pre-order campaign for YOU TRULY ASSUMED by Laila Sabreen has begun!
  • Elle Magazine published 30 YA Books That Are Must-Reads For All Ages which featured Elizabeth Acevedo, Tomi Adeyemei, K. Ancrum, Kacen Callender, Akwaeke Emezi, Leah Johnson, Sarah Raughley, Nic Stone, and Angie Thomas.
  • Semicolon Bookstore has launched a used book pop-up in Chicago. Details here.


  • What Book Hooked You?
    • Ben PhilippeNovember 11, 2021 (Note: This is the final episode of the What Book Hooked You? Podcast)

November 2021 Joy

Happy reading!


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