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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

The Atlantic says YOU DON'T KNOW US NEGROES AND OTHER ESSAYS by Zora Neale Hurston is one of eight recent works to reeva...
04/08/2022
Eight Books That Reevaluate American History

The Atlantic says YOU DON'T KNOW US NEGROES AND OTHER ESSAYS by Zora Neale Hurston is one of eight recent works to reevaluate American history. https://fal.cn/3nDQG 📖

In these recent works, Black innovations and labor receive the prominence they deserve in popular narratives.

🥳🎉 Congratulations to Ladee Hubbard, author of THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT and THE RIB KING, on being awarded a  Guggenh...
04/08/2022

🥳🎉 Congratulations to Ladee Hubbard, author of THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT and THE RIB KING, on being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction!

https://fal.cn/3nDEt via John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

📢#AuthorEvent Join Clyde W. Ford, author of OF BLOOD AND SWEAT, on APRIL 12th at 6PM for a reading and discussion with B...
04/07/2022
Busboys and Poets Books Presents OF BLOOD AND SWEAT

📢#AuthorEvent Join Clyde W. Ford, author of OF BLOOD AND SWEAT, on APRIL 12th at 6PM for a reading and discussion with Busboys and Poets about his new book and its commentary on the impact of Black labor on white wealth.

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

Join us for a reading and discussion of author Clyde W. Ford’s commentary on the impact of Black labor on white wealth.

Clyde W. Ford's "forceful arguments and writing will compel readers to face the facts of the long history of exploitatio...
04/07/2022
Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth

Clyde W. Ford's "forceful arguments and writing will compel readers to face the facts of the long history of exploitation and appropriation that have defined so much of America’s struggle with itself to give substance and meaning to its promise of “freedom” for all.” ✊🏾

https://fal.cn/3nBxv via Library Journal

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Kirkus Reviews calls OF BLOOD AND SWEAT by Clyde W. Ford, "a compelling argument for long-overdue reparations—though muc...
04/07/2022
OF BLOOD AND SWEAT | Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews calls OF BLOOD AND SWEAT by Clyde W. Ford, "a compelling argument for long-overdue reparations—though much more than that alone."

📖: https://fal.cn/3nAli

Humanities scholar Ford looks at the myriad—and uncompensated—contributions African Americans have made to the economies and cultures of the U.S. and beyond.

THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLD by Ladee Hubbard is "a bold, moving, and unforgettable portrait of Black Americans navigating t...
04/05/2022
Over 130 of the Best New Book Releases So Far

THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLD by Ladee Hubbard is "a bold, moving, and unforgettable portrait of Black Americans navigating the '90s and early '00s." https://fal.cn/3ny35 via PopSugar 🤩

The best new books of 2022 include a number of much-anticipated releases, like Dolly Parton and James Patterson's Run, Rose Run, and more.

💪🏾💖"...what is clear is that Beauvais is not just a fighter; she is also a woman who loves deeply." Read BET's full inte...
04/05/2022
INTERVIEW: Garcelle Beauvais’ New Memoir ‘Love Me As I Am,’ Exposes Her Real Life Drama And How She Survived Living Quietly In Pain

💪🏾💖"...what is clear is that Beauvais is not just a fighter; she is also a woman who loves deeply." Read BET's full interview with Garcelle Beauvais about her new book LOVE ME AS I AM, on sale 4/12.

https://fal.cn/3nxV4 via #BET

The actress, model and co-host of daytime talk show, “The Real” shares how she made it through abandonment, infidelity, divorce, and miscarriages.

🎉🥳Happy Publication Day to OF BLOOD AND SWEAT by Clyde W. Ford, the book Publishers Weekly calls “an essential reckoning...
04/05/2022

🎉🥳Happy Publication Day to OF BLOOD AND SWEAT by Clyde W. Ford, the book Publishers Weekly calls “an essential reckoning with the roots of the racial wealth gap in America.”

📢 #TONIGHT Join author of THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT, Ladee Hubbard in conversation with Busboys and Poets about her ne...
04/04/2022
Busboys and Poets Books Presents THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT

📢 #TONIGHT Join author of THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT, Ladee Hubbard in conversation with Busboys and Poets about her new collection of short stories exploring relationships in a Black neighborhood, tonight at 6PM!

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

Join us for a conversation with Ladee Hubbard about her new collection of short stories exploring relationships in a Black neighborhood.

04/04/2022
www.bookforum.com

Bookforum says "One can never have too much Zora in one’s intellectual diet," and we couldn't agree more! 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽

Read the full piece on the ferociously independent Zora Neale Hurston and her new collection YOU DON'T KNOW US NEGROES AND OTHER ESSAYS at https://fal.cn/3nvhk

🤩 The New Yorker says THE GREAT MRS. ELIAS by Barbara Chase-Riboud "challenges us to confront the ways in which race, cl...
04/01/2022
Briefly Noted

🤩 The New Yorker says THE GREAT MRS. ELIAS by Barbara Chase-Riboud "challenges us to confront the ways in which race, class, and gender inform whose lives are deemed worthy of remembering." https://fal.cn/3ns5P

Short reviews of “The Great Mrs. Elias,” “Last Resort,” “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat,” and “Index, a History of the.”

#EpicAuthorEvent 🤩 Join Garcelle Beauvais discussing her new book LOVE ME AS I AM with The Cut editor-in-chief Lindsay P...
03/31/2022

#EpicAuthorEvent 🤩 Join Garcelle Beauvais discussing her new book LOVE ME AS I AM with The Cut editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples at Strand Book Store on April 13th at 7pm! RSVP at https://fal.cn/3nqvv

"Loosely based on [author Sheila J Williams'] family history, the tale depicts the determination and strength she and so...
03/31/2022
Favorite Civil War and Reconstruction Era Historical Fiction

"Loosely based on [author Sheila J Williams'] family history, the tale depicts the determination and strength she and so many other slaves had despite the horrific experiences they endured."
https://fal.cn/3nqlN via She Reads on THINGS PAST TELLING

Feature Image Credit: @my_book_journey While there are hundreds of historical fiction titles set during World War 2, there are significantly fewer books set during the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era following the war. That time period eerily reflects our current world with significant politica...

😁🥰🙌🏿 We are thrilled to see the love coming in for Tiffany Haddish's new book I Curse You With Joy! Pre-order now! https...
03/25/2022

😁🥰🙌🏿 We are thrilled to see the love coming in for Tiffany Haddish's new book I Curse You With Joy! Pre-order now! https://fal.cn/3ngqh

🤩👏🏾We are so thrilled that the news is out! Amistad will publish Tiffany Haddish's I CURSE YOU WITH JOY. As Tiffany says...
03/25/2022

🤩👏🏾We are so thrilled that the news is out! Amistad will publish Tiffany Haddish's I CURSE YOU WITH JOY. As Tiffany says, "I want to bring readers on a journey with me that is hahahas and highs and lows, so people know even through the hurt you can spread joy.” Pre-order now! https://fal.cn/3nfKZ

📢#AuthorEvent Join author Ladee Hubbard and Cafe con Libros, Bk TOMORROW for a chat about her new book #TheLastSuspiciou...
03/22/2022

📢#AuthorEvent Join author Ladee Hubbard and Cafe con Libros, Bk TOMORROW for a chat about her new book #TheLastSuspiciousHoldout RSVP: https://bit.ly/354MxCI

The thirteen gripping tales In The Last Suspicious Holdout, the new story collection by award-winning author Ladee Hubbard, deftly chronicle poignant moments in the lives of an African American community located in a “sliver of southern suburbia.” Spanning from 1992 to 2007, the stories represent a period during which the Black middle-class expanded while stories of "welfare Queens," "crack babies," and "super predators" abounded in the media. In “False Cognates,” a formerly incarcerated attorney struggles with raising the tuition to keep his troubled son in an elite private school. In “There He Go,” a young girl whose mother moves constantly clings to a picture of the grandfather she doesn’t know but invents stories of his greatness. Characters spotlighted in one story reappear in another, providing a stunning testament to the enduring resilience of Black people as they navigate the “post-racial” period The Last Suspicious Holdout so vividly portrays.

#Sweepstakes In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we're giving three lucky winners a bookstack with books written only by Bl...
03/18/2022

#Sweepstakes In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we're giving three lucky winners a bookstack with books written only by Black women AND a Zora Neale Hurston tote bag! Need we say more...

Enter for a chance to win 👉🏾 https://fal.cn/3n3dG

No purchase necessary. Ends March 31, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST. U.S. residents only ages 18 and up. See the Official Rules here: https://fal.cn/3n3dD

🤩🎉Happy Publication Day to THINGS PAST TELLING by Sheila J Williams, the breathtaking historical epic that Essence calls...
03/15/2022

🤩🎉Happy Publication Day to THINGS PAST TELLING by Sheila J Williams, the breathtaking historical epic that Essence calls "...a beautiful reminder of how our forebears continue to live through us."

#OnSaleNow

Ready for the #bookstack of your dreams! Enter the She Reads #giveaway to win four amazing Amistad books, all by #blackw...
03/11/2022

Ready for the #bookstack of your dreams! Enter the She Reads
#giveaway to win four amazing Amistad books, all by #blackwomenauthors! 👇🏾🤩

To celebrate all the reading we have planned for this weekend, we partnered up with our friends at Amistad Books for a giveaway!!!🎉

One lucky winner will win a stack of incredible recent releases by Black authors!📗

⬇️Enter by 3/14 at 11:59 PM PST.
http://ow.ly/bnu250Ihp96

🥳 Happy Publication Week to THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT by critically acclaimed author, Ladee Hubbard!The stories in THE...
03/11/2022

🥳 Happy Publication Week to THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT by critically acclaimed author, Ladee Hubbard!

The stories in THE LAST SUSPICOUS HOLDOUT "capture the absurd, charming, brave, beautiful, and grotesque acts that are the pivot points of specific Black lives. With prose bone spare and elegant, [Ladee Hubbard] reveals the swagger required to keep seeing and to be seen." — Alice Randall, author of Black Bottom Saints

02/28/2022
Make Good the Promises

🤔 How did the lessons and legacy of the Reconstruction era lead us too now?

Watch co-editor of MAKE GOOD THE PROMISES and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture historian Paul Gardullo discuss how they chose to tell the story of Reconstruction, and it's effects on Black Americans, that proceeds from our present moment

In her own words, at 96 years old, Cicely Tyson shared her story with the world. We're thrilled to see her recognized by...
02/22/2022

In her own words, at 96 years old, Cicely Tyson shared her story with the world. We're thrilled to see her recognized by NAACP Image Awards for an Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author for #JustAsIAm!

🥳Congratulations to #CicelyTyson, the #TysonTeam, and editor Tracy Sherrod for their outstanding work on #JustAsIAm!

02/22/2022
Amistad Live

🤩🥳Today at 12pm EST we're launching #AmistadLive! Join our Sr. Editor Jennifer Baker on our Instagram for a chat with Jamise Harper, author and founder of @diversespines & @spinesvines. One lucky viewer will receive the Zora Neale Hurston Boxed Set!

Hosted by members of the Amistad editorial team, tune in to #AmistadLive for bimonthly conversations with Black creators, industry professionals, critics, activists, and book enthusiasts. Each conversation will include a giveaway of one of our titles.

👉🏿Head to our Instagram to enter for a chance to win an advanced reader copy of MISS CHLOE by A.J. Verdelle! https://fal...
02/18/2022

👉🏿Head to our Instagram to enter for a chance to win an advanced reader copy of MISS CHLOE by A.J. Verdelle! https://fal.cn/3mhVf

No purchase necessary. Ends February 28, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. U.S. residents only ages 18 and up. See the Official Rules here: https://fal.cn/3mhVd

02/17/2022
#AmistadLive

😎❗Mark your calendars! On 2/22 at 12pm ET, we launch #AmistadLive on our Instagram!

Members of the Amistad editorial team will host bimonthly conversations with Black creators, industry professionals, critics, activists, and book enthusiasts. Each conversation will include a giveaway of one of our titles.

This month, we'll be chatting with Jamise Harper Spines & Vines, author and founder of Diverse Spines. And one lucky viewer will receive the Zora Neale Hurston Boxed Set!

✨“What shines most from the memoir is how Tyson’s story, while frankly written and supremely eye-opening, isn’t just her...
02/15/2022

✨“What shines most from the memoir is how Tyson’s story, while frankly written and supremely eye-opening, isn’t just her own. It’s also the story of Black women in America, of generations past, present and yet to come, whose wills to survive are divinely gifted and ancestrally guided.” — Washington Post

JUST AS I AM by Cicely Tyson is now available in paperback!

🥰 WHERE THE CHILDREN TAKE US by Zain Asher has "inspiration hidden in every corner." https://fal.cn/3m9Q5 via Newsweek #...
02/14/2022
22 books to look forward to in 2022

🥰 WHERE THE CHILDREN TAKE US by Zain Asher has "inspiration hidden in every corner." https://fal.cn/3m9Q5 via Newsweek

#Forthcoming April 26, 2022

Newsweek has recommendations for enticing new reads coming out in the next few months. Reserve these 22 picks at your library or pre-order now so you'll have a steady supply of great fiction and nonfiction to start 2022 off right.

📺 "Fans of HBO’s “The Gilded Age” will enjoy this tale of a woman whose formative years were spent clawing her way out o...
02/11/2022
10 noteworthy books for February

📺 "Fans of HBO’s “The Gilded Age” will enjoy this tale of a woman whose formative years were spent clawing her way out of the poverty obscured by the grandiosity of that era." — Washington Post on THE GREAT MRS.ELIAS https://fal.cn/3m5FQ

Inspiring nonfiction and fantastical novels are the cure for winter's doldrums.

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Weekend 📚 Mail 4/12 release dates 📚 Love Me As I Am ~ Garcelle Beauvis Amistad 📚 Take My Hand~ Dolen Perkins-Valdez Berkley Publishing Group 📚 A Woman of Endurance ~ Dhalma Llanos-Figueroa. Amistad 4/19 release date 📚 The Memory Librarian: And other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae. Harper Voyager 5/3 release date 📚 Seen & Unseen ~ Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster. Atria Books 8/9 release date 📚 Therapy Isn’t Just For White People by Kiara Imani. Lit Riot Press, LLC
Who says your book club has to read big doorstop novels? Laurie Muchnick recommends some new works of short fiction that will yield great book club discussions. https://bit.ly/3tLbUmm Alfred A. Knopf Tin House Catapult Amistad Scribner Books Random House
THREE weeks until #LoveMeAsIAm comes out!! 🥳 Pre-order your copy today: https://bit.ly/LoveMeAsIAm! Amistad
Book 📚 Mail. Released 3/15/2022 Author~ Sheila J Williams Publisher Amistad 🖊 The author of The Secret Women tells the story of a brave and enduring woman as indomitable as Ernest Gaines’ legendary Miss Jane Pittman, in a breathtaking novel that combines the epic romance and adventure of Outlander, the sweeping drama of Roots, and the haunting historical power of Barracoon. Things Past Telling is a remarkable historical epic that charts one unforgettable woman’s journey across an ocean of years as vast as the Atlantic that will forever separate her from her homeland. Born in West Africa in the mid-eighteenth century, Maryam Prescilla Grace—a.k.a “Momma Grace” will live a long, wondrous life marked by hardship, oppression, opportunity, and love. Though she will be “gifted” various names, her birth name is known to her alone. Over the course of 100-plus years, she survives capture, enslavement by several property owners, the Atlantic crossing when she is only eleven years of age, and a brief stint as a pirate’s ward, acting as both a spy and a translator. Maryam learns midwifery from a Caribbean-born wise woman, whose “craft” combines curated techniques and medicines from African, Indigenous, and European women. Those midwifery skills allow her to sometimes transcend the racial and class barriers of her enslavement, as she walks the razor’s edge trying to balance the lives and health of her own people with the cruel economic mandates of the slave holders, who view infants born in bo***ge not as flesh-and-blood children but as investment property. Throughout her triumphant and tumultuous life Maryam gains and loses her homeland, her family, her culture, her husband, her lovers, and her children. Yet as the decades pass, this tenacious woman never loses her sense of self. Inspired by a 112-year-old woman the author discovered in an 1870 U.S. Federal census report for Ohio, loosely based on the author’s real-life female ancestors, spanning more than a hundred years, from the mid-eighteen-century to the end of America’s Civil War, and spanning across the globe, from what is now southern Nigeria to the islands of the Caribbean to North America and the land bordering the Ohio River, Things Past Telling is a breathtaking story of a past that lives on in all of us, and a life that encompasses the best—and worst—of our humanity.
Have you pre-ordered #LoveMeAsIAm yet?! If so, you can download the first chapter of my audiobook for free: https://bit.ly/LMAIAaudio 🧡🦋 Amistad
#LoveMeAsIAm comes out ONE MONTH from today! Pre-order your copy now to celebrate: https://bit.ly/LoveMeAsIAm 💛🦋 Amistad
Let's hang out! So excited to be hosting a talkshoplive on Wednesday, 3/16 at 8pm ET to sign copies of #LoveMeAsIAm and have a little Q&A. Get your autographed copy and join me live next week: https://bit.ly/GBtsl! 🦋 Amistad
🎧 New Podcast Episode Editors Unedited: Patrik Bass interviews Dahlma Llanos Figueroa, author of A WOMAN OF ENDURANCE On this episode of The Library Love Fest Podcast, Patrik Bass, Executive Editor at Amistad, interviews Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, author of A WOMAN OF ENDURANCE. Combining the haunting power of Toni Morrison’s Beloved with the evocative atmosphere of Philippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s groundbreaking novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history—the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves. Amistad https://soundcloud.com/librarylovefest/editors-unedited-patrik-bass-interviews-dahlma-llanos-figueroa-author-of-a-woman-of-endurance
The Washington Post has just included THINGS PAST TELLING in their roundup of 10 noteworthy books for March! https://www.washingtonpost.com/books/2022/03/01/best-new-books-march/ On Sale 3.15.22 Amistad
Forthcoming 📚 8~30~2022 Publisher ~ Amistad 🖊 Walking in My Joy is a collection of electric stories by the one and only, super hilarious Jenifer Lewis. Her commentary on what’s happening in the world today, told through her outrageous real-life adventures, will have you laughing out loud, while her insightful messages touch your soul.
#ICYMI This week 'The Great Mrs. Elias' by Barbara Chase-Riboud went onsale! Listen to this suspenseful and mesmerizing novel full of early 1900s atmosphere, read by Robin Miles: https://bit.ly/3uIyjBH HarperCollins Amistad
BLACK PUBLISHING POWER 2022 Find new fiction, romance, mysteries, and more! The Black Publishing Power Initiative began as a movement created by Amistad to help close the gap on racial inequality in the publishing industry. https://portlandlibrary.bibliocommons.com/list/share/161391651_ppl_cityofreaders/2045002139_black_publishing_power_2022