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


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The Rundown

  • Book Deals
  • Foreign Rights
  • Appearances
  • Best Of Lists
  • General Updates
  • Podcasts
  • December 2021 Joy

Book Deals

  • Circe Moskowitz sold a Horror Anthology, NO HARM DONE coming 2023 from Chicago Review Press. Contributors include: Kalynn Bayron, Ryan Douglass, Sami Ellis, Brent Lambert, Ashia Monet, Linda Raquel Nieves Perez, Joel Rochester, Liselle Sambury, and Joelle Wellington.

Publisher Breakdown 2021 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn sold to Bulgaria.


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  • Jason Reynolds appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch the segment here.

Best Of Lists

General Updates

  • BEAST OF PREY by Ayana Gray is Steph Curry’s December 2021 Pick for the Literati Book Club.
  • Book Riot shared the Best December YA Releases to Add to Your TBR which includes the anthology, FOOLS IN LOVE Edited by Rebecca Podos and Ashley Herring Blake with stories by Rebecca Barrow, Claire Kann, and Julian Winters among others.
  • Epic Reads announced the Finals Round for the 2021 Book Shimmy Awards. The finalists include:
    • WINGS OF EBONY by J. Elle for “Best of Shelf”
    • THIS POISON HEART by Kalynn Bayron for “Cover Lust”
    • THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna and ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé for “Mirrors and Windows”
    • BEASTS OF PREY by Ayana Gray for “Reality Bites”
    • HAPPILY EVER AFTERS by Elise Bryant for “Hot Under the Covers”
    • WHITE SMOKE by Tiffany D. Jackson for “Mental Health Matters”
    • WITCHES STEEPED IN GOLD by Ciannon Smart for “Under the Radar”
    • INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING by Nicola Yoon for “Here and Now”
    • A PSALM OF STORMS AND SILNCE by Roseanne A. Brown for “World Series Champ”
    • BLACKOUT by Dhonielle ClaytonTiffany D. JacksonNic StoneAngie ThomasAshley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon for “Forever Fam”
    • WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS by Lauren Blackwood for “Retelling”
    • SO MANY BEGINNINGS: A LITTLE WOMEN REMIX by Bethany C. Morrow for “Blast from the Past”
    • FOR ALL TIME by Shanna Miles and REDEMPTOR by Jordan Ifueko for “Audio On”
    • BLOODMARKED by Tracy Deonn for “Most Anticipated”
    • Angie Thomas for “Page Master”
  • Project LIT has begun announcing their selections which include ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, THIS POISON HEART by Kalynn Bayron, BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY by Brandy Colbert, HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY by Safia Elhillo, WHITE SMOKE by Tiffany D. Jackson, WINGS OF EBONY by J. Elle, WHY WE FLY by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal, and BLACKOUT by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodson, and Nicola Yoon.


December 2021 Joy

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