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Amistad Amistad, a division of HarperCollins in the HarperOne group, is the oldest imprint devoted to books by and about Black people throughout the diaspora.

The most respected and storied African-American imprint in publishing, Amistad was founded in 1986 to specialize in the works of authors who honor and consecrate the memory of those who fought—and continue to fight—for freedom. Now publishing titles such as Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson; Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey; Open Season by Ben Crump; and Barracoon by Zora Nea

The most respected and storied African-American imprint in publishing, Amistad was founded in 1986 to specialize in the works of authors who honor and consecrate the memory of those who fought—and continue to fight—for freedom. Now publishing titles such as Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson; Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey; Open Season by Ben Crump; and Barracoon by Zora Nea

📚✨🤩  | In 1925, Zora Neale Hurston wrote the short story MAGNOLIA FLOWER, a stirring folktale following a young Afro Ind...
09/27/2022

📚✨🤩 | In 1925, Zora Neale Hurston wrote the short story MAGNOLIA FLOWER, a stirring folktale following a young Afro Indigenous girl who longs for freedom. Now adapted by National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi, this beautiful children's book introduces Hurston to a new generation of readers.

We've partnered with HarperKids Books to give 5 lucky winners a copy of MAGONOLIA FLOWER, HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK (which also features this story!), and two special tote bags! 👉🏽Enter for a chance to win at https://fal.cn/3sf1v 👈🏽

No purchase necessary. Ends 10/4 at 12:00 AM ET. U.S. residents only ages 18 and up. Official Rules here: https://fal.cn/3sf1x

Zora Neale Hurston Trust

💖 "Well, if you walk in your joy on purpose, as best you can. When all that other horror comes, you'll have something to...
09/22/2022
Jenifer Lewis: Mother, Activist, Hurricane

💖 "Well, if you walk in your joy on purpose, as best you can. When all that other horror comes, you'll have something to balance it. That's how I get through it." — https://fal.cn/3s7M0 Jenifer Lewis For Real on New Yorker discussing her new book

The actor gives a freewheeling interview behind a piano; plus, the political scientist Barbara F. Walter on the dangers of political violence.

🌟"KOSHERSOUL [by Michael W. Twitty] is at its heart an acknowledgement of the lives and culinary contributions of Jews o...
09/21/2022
“Koshersoul” Is Michael Twitty’s Tribute to His Own Braided Identity

🌟"KOSHERSOUL [by Michael W. Twitty] is at its heart an acknowledgement of the lives and culinary contributions of Jews of color, whose identity and legitimacy is questioned as much as it is ignored." — https://fal.cn/3s5lf via Oprah Daily

The celebrated food historian spoke with human rights advocate and writer Michael Shaikh about honoring history, tradition, and culinary fusion at the Jewish table

😍 “Show business is easy...But mental, spiritual, and physical self-care is the most important thing. To put these thoug...
09/21/2022
Nobody Says No to Jenifer Lewis

😍 “Show business is easy...But mental, spiritual, and physical self-care is the most important thing. To put these thoughts and feelings into a book is one of the best things I’ve done because I have so much in me. So much gratitude. And so many crazy stories.”
https://fal.cn/3s5cn Jenifer Lewis For Real on her new book WALKING IN MY JOY via Vanity Fair

The actor gets real about her new memoir, Walking in My Joy, calling on Meryl Streep for a favor, and why all of Hollywood can “kiss [her] ass.”

😍😍 Check out Jenifer Lewis For Real  at her online book signing TOMORROW, September 21st at 11:30AMEST/8:30AMEST!! We ca...
09/20/2022

😍😍 Check out Jenifer Lewis For Real at her online book signing TOMORROW, September 21st at 11:30AMEST/8:30AMEST!! We can't wait to see you there! https://fal.cn/3s3gP

💌 Look what just arrived in the mail! We can't get enough of this beautiful cover of BLACK WOMEN WILL SAVE THE WORLD by ...
09/19/2022

💌 Look what just arrived in the mail! We can't get enough of this beautiful cover of BLACK WOMEN WILL SAVE THE WORLD by April D Ryan

 We're giving three lucky winners a copy of BAD FAT BLACK GIRL by Sesali Bowen! 💅🏿💅🏾💅🏽👉🏾Enter for a chance to win at htt...
09/15/2022

We're giving three lucky winners a copy of BAD FAT BLACK GIRL by Sesali Bowen! 💅🏿💅🏾💅🏽

👉🏾Enter for a chance to win at https://fal.cn/3rV8m 👈🏾

No purchase necessary. Ends September 19, 2022 at 12:00 AM EST. U.S. residents only ages 18 and up. See the Official Rules here: https://fal.cn/3rV8i

🎉Happy publication day to JOLLOF RICE AND OTHER REVOLUTIONS by Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi!"Each of the 10 chapters that mak...
09/13/2022

🎉Happy publication day to JOLLOF RICE AND OTHER REVOLUTIONS by Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi!

"Each of the 10 chapters that make up this novel can stand on its own, but together they tell a beautiful story of sisterhood, family and love." - The New York Times Books

Come see Omolola on tour!

"Going against every tide, [Sesali Bowen's] trap feminism enthusiastically celebrates "ghetto girl culture"...she marsha...
09/13/2022

"Going against every tide, [Sesali Bowen's] trap feminism enthusiastically celebrates "ghetto girl culture"...she marshalls its power." — NPR

BAD FAT BLACK GIRL is now on sale in paperback!

🤩🚨 TONIGHT join author of WHERE THE CHILDREN TAKE US, Zain Asher, in conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the 9...
09/11/2022

🤩🚨 TONIGHT join author of WHERE THE CHILDREN TAKE US, Zain Asher, in conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the 92nd Street Y at 5PM EST.

RSVP at https://fal.cn/3rLHY

👴🏾👵🏿 Where would we be without our grandparents guiding up along? PERMISSION TO DREAM by Chris Gardner is the story of G...
09/09/2022

👴🏾👵🏿 Where would we be without our grandparents guiding up along? PERMISSION TO DREAM by Chris Gardner is the story of Gardner and his nine-year-old granddaughter Brooke's search for the perfect harmonica. But it's also the fable of a grandfather imparting some wisdom to us all about turning dreams into action—beginning right now.

We hope you find some time this Sunday to give or a call for !

👀Did you hear?!  a copy of any forthcoming Amistad books between September 7 and 9 at BN.com and get 25% off!
09/07/2022

👀Did you hear?! a copy of any forthcoming Amistad books between September 7 and 9 at BN.com and get 25% off!

Did you miss Michael W. Twitty on 1A? Listen to him talk about the themes of his new book KOSHERSOUL— food, tradition, a...
09/07/2022
Michael Twitty's 'Koshersoul'

Did you miss Michael W. Twitty on 1A? Listen to him talk about the themes of his new book KOSHERSOUL— food, tradition, and identity. https://fal.cn/3rGlA 👀🎧

"We are people who have always existed but have never really had a voice."

🎵👩🏿‍🤝‍👩🏾THE GEN by Diane McKinney-Whetstone is a "story told with the feel of a lazy-hot afternoon spent listening to mu...
09/06/2022
‘Our Gen: A Novel’ by Diane McKinney-Whetstone - Indianapolis Recorder

🎵👩🏿‍🤝‍👩🏾THE GEN by Diane McKinney-Whetstone is a "story told with the feel of a lazy-hot afternoon spent listening to music with good friends." https://fal.cn/3rE9B via Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.

Sometimes, you just have to lay your burden down.When it’s heaviest, when your arms can’t support it and your back breaks from the weight of it, when your shoulders and your heart ache from it, release it. Let it go, let it be. Or, as in the new novel, “Our Gen” by Diane McKinney-Whetstone,...

🥗 KOSHERSOUL by Michael W. Twitty "dives into the concept of not who makes the food, but how the food makes the people."...
09/05/2022
Best Non-fiction and Memoirs Coming Fall 2022

🥗 KOSHERSOUL by Michael W. Twitty "dives into the concept of not who makes the food, but how the food makes the people." https://fal.cn/3rCiV via She Reads.

Feature photo There is nothing better than reading a new book while the fall leaves are dwindling in the chilly air. We are yet another victim to the cardigan and sweatshirt fever, making fall a favorite season of the year. So as the year is coming to a close, it is only right to

🤩👉🏾Join author of WHERE THE CHILDREN TAKE US Zain Asher in conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  next week at the ...
09/02/2022

🤩👉🏾Join author of WHERE THE CHILDREN TAKE US Zain Asher in conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie next week at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday, 9/11 at 5pm EST.

RSVP at https://fal.cn/3rzfV

🤯🌟"A dynamite story of a Black woman’s resistance in an oppressive dystopia...This is brilliant." — https://fal.cn/3rv4w...
08/31/2022
PW Picks: Books of the Week, August 8, 2022

🤯🌟"A dynamite story of a Black woman’s resistance in an oppressive dystopia...This is brilliant." — https://fal.cn/3rv4w via Publishers Weekly on THE WOMEN COULD FLY by Megan Giddings

The books we love coming out this week include new titles by Kiki Petrosino, Emi Yagi, and Megan Giddings.

🔮✨“The language and world-building are beautifully executed, rewriting our assumptions of witchcraft.”  — https://fal.cn...
08/30/2022
Watching out for witches in Megan Giddings’s ‘The Women Could Fly’ - The Boston Globe

🔮✨“The language and world-building are beautifully executed, rewriting our assumptions of witchcraft.” — https://fal.cn/3rtjL via The Boston Globe on THE WOMEN COULD FLY

In Megan Giddings’s “The Women Could Fly,” children are taught in schools how to identify an evil practitioner of the magical arts — usually female, definitely nonconformist, and fiercely independent — so that they may report possible offenders to the state’s hot line.

🎉😍 Happy Publication day to Jenifer Lewis For Real's newest book WALKING IN MY JOY! The Mother of Black Hollywood has re...
08/30/2022

🎉😍 Happy Publication day to Jenifer Lewis For Real's newest book WALKING IN MY JOY! The Mother of Black Hollywood has returned to show how she walks in her joy by seeking pleasure in everyday encounters. Each page have you laugh out loud, but also reflect as she stresses the importance of fully living to your greatest ambitions.

More details at: https://fal.cn/3rseZ

We can't wait for you to see Jenifer Lewis For Real on tour for WALKING IN MY JOY, out next week! More information about...
08/26/2022

We can't wait for you to see Jenifer Lewis For Real on tour for WALKING IN MY JOY, out next week! More information about tickets available here: https://fal.cn/3ro3s

🤯👏🏽 Publishers Weekly calls OUR GEN by Diane McKinney-Whetstone "a refreshing view of a generation so often presented as...
08/26/2022
Our Gen by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

🤯👏🏽 Publishers Weekly calls OUR GEN by Diane McKinney-Whetstone "a refreshing view of a generation so often presented as white." https://fal.cn/3rnHa

McKinney-Whetstone (Lazaretto) spins a funny and unsettling story set in a retirement community outside Philadelphia, where four...

👩🏾‍💼👨🏾‍💼To round out the end of , we're spotlighting a few amazing Amistad books about Black people taking their profess...
08/26/2022

👩🏾‍💼👨🏾‍💼To round out the end of , we're spotlighting a few amazing Amistad books about Black people taking their professional industries by storm. OWN THE ARENA by Katrina Adams, THINK BLACK by Clyde W. Ford, and WHERE ARE YOU ARE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE by Ursula Burns are bound to light up your entrepreneurial spirit!

*Bonus points if you pick up a from your local bookstore!

🤔 What was the most challenging thing for Megan Giddings in writing the THE WOMEN COULD FLY? Read here https://fal.cn/3r...
08/25/2022
Ten Questions for Megan Giddings

🤔 What was the most challenging thing for Megan Giddings in writing the THE WOMEN COULD FLY? Read here https://fal.cn/3rlNO via Poets & Writers.

“If you can surprise a reader with a character’s reaction, a scene will almost always work.” —Megan Giddings, author of The Women Could Fly

"KOSHERSOUL is a braid of food memoir...based around having conversations at the kitchen table." — Michael W. Twitty in ...
08/25/2022
Michael Twitty Goes Deep Into the Black Jewish Kitchen

"KOSHERSOUL is a braid of food memoir...based around having conversations at the kitchen table." — Michael W. Twitty in conversation with Eater via https://fal.cn/3rkUc 🍽️📖

In his new book, "Koshersoul," the author of "The Cooking Gene" explores the intersections of African and Jewish diaspora cuisine and identity

📺 Watch KOSHERSOUL author Michael W. Twitty speak with ABC News' Kayna Whitworth  about how his gay Black-Jewish identit...
08/24/2022
Video Award-winning chef book explores the cuisine of the Black, Jewish diaspora

📺 Watch KOSHERSOUL author Michael W. Twitty speak with ABC News' Kayna Whitworth about how his gay Black-Jewish identity influences his culinary style, saying "I'm not just one, I'm all the above."
https://fal.cn/3rjR4 via

ABC News' Kayna Whitworth spoke with Michael Twitty on his book, "KosherSoul" sharing how his gay Black-Jewish identity influences his culinary style, saying "I'm not just one, I'm all the above."

📚✨Jessamine.Chan, author of “The School for Good Mothers,” recommends THE WOMEN COULD FLY as one of her main obsessions ...
08/24/2022
14 books your favorite authors are reading

📚✨Jessamine.Chan, author of “The School for Good Mothers,” recommends THE WOMEN COULD FLY as one of her main obsessions this year! https://fal.cn/3rjiM via Washington Post

We asked Celeste Ng, Ada Limón and a dozen other authors about the books they’re loving right now.

🍽️"Jewish can be Black food, and Black food can be Jewish — it isn't something that people really consider." — Michael W...
08/23/2022
Jewish Food Can Be Black Food - & Vice Versa | Food with Mark Bittman

🍽️"Jewish can be Black food, and Black food can be Jewish — it isn't something that people really consider." — Michael W. Twitty on the 'Food with Mark Bittman' Podcast

Listen to the episode: https://fal.cn/3rhMg 🎧

Listen to Jewish Food Can Be Black Food - & Vice Versa from Food with Mark Bittman. Mark talks to writer Michael Twitty about the origins of a cuisine, Twitty's days as a Hebrew school teacher, and the significance of Driving Miss Daisy.View this episode's recipe and show notes here:https://www.bitt...

Some of our amazing August publications!
08/23/2022

Some of our amazing August publications!

The New York Times Books says "it can be tempting to read THE WOMEN COULD FLY, and call the book timely. But the relatio...
08/23/2022
In This Novel, Witchcraft Makes Women Powerful, and Vulnerable

The New York Times Books says "it can be tempting to read THE WOMEN COULD FLY, and call the book timely. But the relationship at the heart of this novel...is much closer to timeless." https://fal.cn/3rfDx 🥰

In “The Women Could Fly,” women are uniquely capable of magic, which leads the government to strictly monitor and regulate them.

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Release Date 10/18/2022
Author: April Ryan
Publisher Amistad

🖋 In this long-overdue celebration of Black women’s resilience and unheralded strength, the revered, trailblazing White House correspondent reflects on “The Year That Changed Everything”—2020—and African-American women’s unprecedented role in upholding democracy.

“I am keenly aware that everyone and everything has a story,” April D. Ryan acknowledges. “Also, I have always marveled at Black women and how we work to move mountains and are never really thanked or recognized.” In Black Women Will Save the World, she melds these two truths, creating an inspiring and heart-tugging portrait of one of the momentous years in America, 2020—when America elected its first Black woman Vice President—and celebrates the tenacity, power, and impact of Black women across America.

From the beginning of the nation to today, Black women have transformed their pain into progress and have been at the frontlines of the nation’s political, social, and economic struggles. These “Sheroes” as Ryan calls them, include current political leaders such as Maxine Waters, Valerie Jarrett, and Kamala Harris; Brittany Packnett Cunningham, LaTosha Brown, and other activists; and artists like Regina King. Combining profiles and in-depth interviews with these influential movers and shakers and many more, Ryan explores the challenges Black women endure, and how the lessons they’ve learned can help us shape our own stories. Ryan also chronicles her personal journey from working-class Baltimore to the elite echelons of journalism and speaks out about the hurdles she faced in becoming one of the most well-connected members of the Washington press corps—while raising two daughters as a single mother in the aftermath of a messy divorce.

It is time for everyone to acknowledge Black women’s unrivaled contributions to America. Yet our democracy remains in peril, and their work is far from done. Black Women Will Save the World presents a vital kaleidoscopic look at women of different ages and from diverse backgrounds who devote their lives to making the world a better place—even if that means stepping out of their “place.”
Now available
Author ~ Daniel Bernstorm
Pictures by ~ Jenin Mohammed
Publisher ~ Amistad Books for Young Readers. HarperKids Books

🖋 From Daniel Bernstrom, the acclaimed author of One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, comes a charming and irresistibly fun picture book about a young blind girl and her grandmother who experience the vibrant everyday music of their busy city.

A young girl, filled with the sounds of her beloved city, shares a song with her grandmother that changes the two forever. After helping Grandma realize that the city makes music as beautiful as the sounds they hear in church on Sunday morning, the two sit down and take in all the sounds of the city…together.

Song in the City bridges the gap between generations of music and family, while centering love, understanding, and joy.
What a blessing!

In memory and recognition of Dick Gregory’s 90th Birthday (October 12th), I am elated to present — The “I” in this instance represents the phenomenal team of incredibly talented professionals who linked arms around this project and brought it into fruition. I’m eternally grateful to each of you.

This project took 5 long years to tell a story of 84 years of service. I love and miss you Pop. You are still dropping jewels and giving gifts even on the days when we celebrate you. Long live Dick Gregory 🙏🏿❤️🖤

Please come out and join us as we celebrate a life well-lived and full of service.

Swipe right 👉🏿 >>>>
Chicago — October 7th and 8th @ The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center
NYC — October 11th @ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

This book is dedicated to my beautiful mother and the love of my father’s life

Publishers Amistad HarperCollins
Literary agent Serendipity Literary Agency
Cover art Charly Palmer
Back cover photo Mathieu Bitton
Foreword by
Narrator Joe Morton
Narrator
Editor Dr. Christian C. Gregory - Dick Gregory Media
Family griot
Editor/ Biographer Prof. Ed Schmitt
Editor Jennifer Baker
Editor Melissa Fernandez
Cozy up this fall with our latest October book club selections! This month’s collection of must-reads feature highly anticipated new releases, debut authors, and epics that examine race, history, and culture. This month you can also discover shocking psychological thrillers and mind-blowing twists that will surely prepare you for the eerie October season! Head over to the link in our bio to discover all 12 of our book club selections. http://ow.ly/R3j050KJzje

Atlas Obscura Cheryl Strayed Chloe Lukasiak Elin Hilderbrand Joseph Campbell Malala Megan Rapinoe Nicole Laeno
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Join us this Sunday, September 11, 2pm at the South Shore Arts Party for a conversation with Michael Twitty on "Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew" (from Amistad).

Presented in Partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Register Here: https://bit.ly/3e5yZe6
From Zora Neale Hurston comes MAGNOLIA FLOWER, a moving adaptation by Ibram X. Kendi - read in audio by Sheryl Lee Ralph 🔊 https://bit.ly/3cWppdw

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WALKING IN MY JOY is a collection of electric stories by the one and only, super hilarious Jenifer Lewis For Real!!!

Listen to the , read by Jenifer and featuring original songs 🔊 https://bit.ly/3CM7aSA

Amistad HarperCollins
We are 𝘙𝘜𝘕𝘕𝘐𝘕𝘎 (in our joy) to the bookstore because Jenifer Lewis's newest book, Walking in My Joy, is out today! In this collection of electric stories, Jenifer takes us all around the world with her to demonstrate how she seeks pleasure and finds humor in everyday encounters. Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and embrace your uniqueness 🌟
Order your copy: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/walking-in-my-joy-jenifer-lewis?variant=39791868346402 Amistad


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“If you want to hide something from an ignorant person, put it in a book.” Dick Gregory Dr. Christian C. Gregory - Dick Gregory Media Amistad HarperCollins Serendipity Literary Agency OCTOBER 11, 2022
"KOSHERSOUL is Michael Twitty's joy- & pain-filled asser­tion that he & the many oth­ers liv­ing & cook­ing at the com­pli­cat­ed, vibrant inter­sec­tion of Black & Jew­ish are here & always have been." ✨ Read more below. (Amistad)
This book has been a long time coming but in April 2023 it will arrive. No Sweet Without Brine is in great hands with Amistad HarperCollins & editor Jenn Baker. This book has Idris Elba, questions about stars, Black love, and what it means to be alive right now. Big thanks to cover artist Kesha Bruce cause Yes Black Girl Magic Pre-orders are open https://tinyurl.com/mk9usj7n #ebookcoverdesign
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from this week and last! With some faves from Soft Skull Press, Astra House Books, and Ecco Books; new Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books), Anthony Marra, Michael W. Twitty (Amistad), and Michelle Tea (Dey Street Books); exciting debuts from Alfred A. Knopf and Viking Books; and GREAT options.

Last week's pic features one of our August café specials: "When Life Gives You Lemons." This week, it's a matcha latté with an off-menu but fully available lavender vanilla syrup—it tastes like cereal milk and it's PERFECT.

You can always find our new releases on this link on our homepage:
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"The healthiest way to determine whether a book is successful is that you’ll learn to ask yourself, 'Where did I push myself? What did I learn?'" Megan Giddings's new novel, The Women Could Fly, is out today from Amistad. Read more about her writing process in today’s : at.pw.org/10Q4Giddings
Release date 8/9
Publisher Amistad
🖊 Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times—a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.

Josephine Thomas has heard every conceivable theory about her mother's disappearance. That she was kidnapped. Murdered. That she took on a new identity to start a new family. That she was a witch. This is the most worrying charge because in a world where witches are real, peculiar behavior raises suspicions and a woman—especially a Black woman—can find herself on trial for witchcraft.

But fourteen years have passed since her mother’s disappearance, and now Jo is finally ready to let go of the past. Yet her future is in doubt. The State mandates that all women marry by the age of 30—or enroll in a registry that allows them to be monitored, effectively forfeiting their autonomy. At 28, Jo is ambivalent about marriage. With her ability to control her life on the line, she feels as if she has her never understood her mother more. When she’s offered the opportunity to honor one last request from her mother's will, Jo leaves her regular life to feel connected to her one last time.

In this powerful and timely novel, Megan Giddings explores the limits women face—and the powers they have to transgress and transcend them.
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