Amistad

Amistad Publisher of works by and about people of African descent, on subjects and themes that have significant influence on the perspectives of a world audience.

Amistad publishes works by and about people of African descent, on subjects and themes that have significant influence on the intellectual, cultural, and historical perspectives of a world audience. Some of our award-winning novels include The Known World By Edward P. Jones, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the Pulitzer Prize National Book Award Finalist, Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Critics Circle Award; The Legs Are the Last to Go By Diahann Carroll, which won the NAACP Award for Autobiography; Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs By Deborah Willis, Kevin Merida, which won the ALA Black Caucus Award; The Polished Hoe By Austin Clarke, which won the Giller Prize, Canada, for fiction, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Caribbean and Canada.

Mission: Our mission is to publish the best and most literary books by and about people of African descent to influence and move a global audience.

Literary Hub
05/07/2019

Literary Hub

The companion to the classic anthology Daughters of Africa—a major international collection that brings together the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, celebrating their artistry and showcasing their contributions to modern literature and international culture. http://bit.ly/2V7zV2N [sponsored]

03/24/2019
The creation of black wealth is an important, overlooked subject in United States history. BLACK FORTUNES showcases the ...
01/29/2019

The creation of black wealth is an important, overlooked subject in United States history. BLACK FORTUNES showcases the first black millionaires–Mary Ellen Pleasant, Robert Reed Church, O. W. Gurley, Hannah Elias, Annie Turnbo Malone, and Madam C. J. Walker–in order to celebrate the limitless potential of African Americans despite extreme structural inequalities.

BLACK FORTUNES is now available in paperback: bit.ly/2DyEDRn

"In Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston challenges the American public’s narrow view of the African continent, the transatlant...
10/05/2018
The Power of Untold Slave Narratives

"In Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston challenges the American public’s narrow view of the African continent, the transatlantic slave trade, and the diasporic cultures that came as a result of it."- The Atlantic

In 'Barracoon,' Zora Neale Hurston challenges the American public’s narrow view of the African continent, the transatlantic slave trade, and the diasporic cultures that came as a result of it.

"The foundation’s efforts to change were in evidence during its last round of awards in May, when 11 of the 15 chefs it ...
10/03/2018
James Beard Foundation Makes Changes to Diversify Its Awards

"The foundation’s efforts to change were in evidence during its last round of awards in May, when 11 of the 15 chefs it recognized were women, people of color or both. The top book award went to Michael W. Twitty for “The Cooking Gene,” which traces his genealogical journey to his family’s African roots." ♥️

The committees that determine which restaurants, chefs and media get nominations will aim to be at least as diverse as the American population.

09/26/2018
Book Studio 16

Meet Amistad Senior Editor Patrik Bass and Editorial Assistant Amina Iro, and hear them talk about new and popular Amistad books and authors in this recent Facebook Live:

Senior Editor of Amistad, Patrik Bass is LIVE with back-to-school books featuring the best in Black History. Amina Iro of Amistad is moderating.
#amistad #PatrikBass #morethanamonth #harpercollinslive

Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory was a cultural force. Friends with luminaries such as Martin Luther King...
09/18/2018

Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory was a cultural force. Friends with luminaries such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, Gregory never shied away from discussing race. In his humorous and inspiring book, Defining Moments in Black History, Gregory explores essential truths of the African American experience.

Now available in paperback: https://bit.ly/2Np0H7x

"Hurston spent her life collecting, preserving, and celebrating African American folklore and folk culture...Hurston gav...
09/17/2018
The Literary Legacy of New York's Zora Neale Hurston | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News

"Hurston spent her life collecting, preserving, and celebrating African American folklore and folk culture...Hurston gave us a sense of ourselves as African Americans; as people who were whole and undiminished...in many ways, she's a literary foremother." - Deborah Plant, Literary Critic and Editor of BARRACOON: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston, talking to WNYC about Zora Neale Hurston's impact on modern literature and her legacy (a 6:30 minute listen you don't want to miss):

African-American author Zora Neale Hurston's, "Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo," is among hundreds of works being celebrated at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

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09/15/2018

Amistad's cover photo

If you haven't yet read BARRACOON, the instant New York Times bestseller that brilliantly illuminates the horror and inj...
08/30/2018
Barracoon: The Story of the Last

If you haven't yet read BARRACOON, the instant New York Times bestseller that brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States, the hardcover is now 50% off at Barnes & Noble until 9/3:

New York Times Bestseller“A profound impact on Hurston’s literary legacy.”—New York Times

07/14/2018
Jenifer Lewis For Real

Jenifer Lewis For Real

This is an important message/ warning!! Accounts are being hacked, imitated,and duplicated. #payattention Before you send money or personal information anywhere...verify the recipient. #inthesestreets

06/15/2018
Bookstr

Our Gift Guide Live team is back to give us their awesome recommends for Father's Day! Watch along, pipe up in the comments, and get ready to make dad happy! #HarperCollinLive #FreeForAllFriday

https://www.facebook.com/bookstr/videos/10155745358083379/

Our Gift Guide Live team is back to give us their awesome recommends for Father's Day! Watch along, pipe up in the comments, and get ready to make dad happy! #HarperCollinLive #FreeForAllFriday

06/08/2018
Book Studio 16

Our beloved trio from Library Love Fest gives us a preview of all of the authors who will be attending this year's ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. #HarperCollinsLive #FreeForAllFriday #ALAAC18

https://www.facebook.com/bookstudio16/videos/1026672500831276/

Our beloved trio from Library Love Fest gives us a preview of all of the authors who will be attending this year's ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. #HarperCollinsLive #FreeForAllFriday #ALAAC18

Jenifer Lewis went to my home town of Flint on her tour.
05/21/2018

Jenifer Lewis went to my home town of Flint on her tour.

The book tour is going GREAT!!!!!!
But we've still got a lot of work to do in and around our country.

05/04/2018
Jenifer Lewis For Real

Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage with Jenifer Lewis

In Jamaica, having just disembarked from the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise with 3,000 Black people in attendance, all wanting a picture with me-me-me-me
...YAZzZZzzzz ....MEEEEEEE! I obliged them all as humbly as I possibly could. ❤️ I now lay here exhausted on the beach in a coma and then Diva LaTocha from the musical group Xscape rolled up. The rest is history. I’ll see you ALLLLL in NYC @ The Triad May 15th at 11pm. Ticket price includes a pre-signed copy of my book, “The Mother of Black Hollywood”.

04/20/2018
Join The Tea

Check out this video TheTea shared last night of Elizabeth Dowling Taylor talking about her book, The Original Black Elite! If this piques your interest about the book, pick up a copy here: https://bit.ly/2ItX9Kk

Get2Know Elizabeth Dowling Taylor - the Author of THE ORIGINAL BLACK ELITE

How cool is it that author Jacqueline Woodson was featured in Family Circle’s Influential Moms listfor 2018?! Check out ...
04/19/2018
The 20 Most Influential Moms of 2018

How cool is it that author Jacqueline Woodson was featured in Family Circle’s Influential Moms list
for 2018?! Check out the article here: https://bit.ly/2vl8niL #Blackmoms #BlackExcellence

Who needs Wonder Woman when you’ve got mothers? We have the same perseverance, power and grit—plus our own versions of that Lasso of Truth. Here are 20 women who are using their superpowers to make the world a better place for their children and others.

Is Questlove married? He's a reader. He loves Jenifer Lewis' Mother of Black Hollywood. He has roots in Africatown. His ...
04/11/2018
Questlove: By the Book

Is Questlove married? He's a reader. He loves Jenifer Lewis' Mother of Black Hollywood. He has roots in Africatown. His afro can hold a pick straight up! He's what I call a "sexy chunky daddy." I could go on and on, but all I'm really saying is spring is here. Love is in the air. Head out with a book you love by a man you love.

The musician Questlove, author most recently of “Creative Quest,” grew up reading to his father on car trips. “At the time it seemed like father-son bonding. Now I think maybe he was tricking me.”

04/06/2018
Between the Scenes

Trevor Noah on racism

Trevor explains why a South African woman got locked up for being racist.

Exciting news: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor will be talking about her book, The Original Black Elite on talk show, The Tea® ...
04/05/2018
The Original Black Elite - Elizabeth Dowling Taylor - Hardcover

Exciting news: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor will be talking about her book, The Original Black Elite on talk show, The Tea® in April! Pick up your copy before the show airs here https://bit.ly/2ItX9Kk #BlackHistory #BlackExcellence #BlackElite

In this outstanding cultural biography, the author of the New York Times bestseller A Slave in the White House chronicles a critical yet overlooked chapter...

These advance reader’s editions of #Barracoon couldn’t have come at a better time in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth. ...
02/22/2018
Barracoon - Zora Neale Hurston - Hardcover

These advance reader’s editions of #Barracoon couldn’t have come at a better time in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth. This never-before-published work from the legendary #ZoraNealeHurston goes on sale May 8th, but you can pre-order now! http://bit.ly/2Gy44RN

A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that brilliantly illuminates...

02/15/2018

Sree Sreenivasan is live now with Shomari Wills, author of the brand-new book, Black Fortunes, which tells the story of the first six African Americans to escape slavery and become millionaires.

Order your copy of Black Fortunes here: http://bit.ly/2BDrxye

#BlackExcellence #HarperCollinsLive #TruthfulThursday #BlackHistoryMonth

01/17/2018
Jenifer Lewis For Real

I can't get enough of the "titties and hips" for my book!!

HERE'S A BRAND NEW VIDEO!!!
My very talented friend Camrin Williams gifted me with some of the HIGHLIGHTS from the book tour.
Since "The Mother of Black Hollywood" is doing soooooo well i figured we'd KEEP THE MUSIC PUMPING!!!
Lotsa love -- Jenifer . NOW GO ORDER MY BOOK AND GET YO LIFE!!
https://www.amazon.com/Mother-Black-Hollywood-Memoir/dp/0062410407

The New York Times this week calls Dimitry Elias Leger's novel God Loves Haiti an "energetic and unusual" must-read for ...
11/07/2017
What to Read Before Heading to the Caribbean

The New York Times this week calls Dimitry Elias Leger's novel God Loves Haiti an "energetic and unusual" must-read for its "powerful portrait of a nation in peril and the citizens who inhabit it."

Three Caribbean writers ruminate on the resilience of their people.

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