Adero's Literary Tribe

Adero's Literary Tribe A book development and literary agency. We work individuals and organizations publishing books, from the creative process through publication.

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An important read, coming to market in December.
10/12/2021

An important read, coming to market in December.

Sometimes Farmgirls Become Revolutionaries: #civilrights #blackpower advocate, journalist, and press secretary Florence L. Tate's #memoir details her life as an #inspiringwoman living with clinical #depression, and her #political work that led to #fbi surveillance. Out on @blackclassicpressinc Nov. 30.

Receiving a first review of your novel is always a big moment. When the novel is as beautifully rendered as Seasons in H...
09/27/2021
Review of Seasons in Hippoland

Receiving a first review of your novel is always a big moment. When the novel is as beautifully rendered as Seasons in Hippoland by Wanjiku Wa Ngugi it's an occasion to celebrate!. Congratulations.

Seasons in Hippoland: Wanjikũ Wa Ngũgĩ’s dreamlike coming-of-age novel "Seasons in Hippoland" is about the power of storytelling. Mumbi grows up in Victoriana, a country populated by freedom fighters and generals and oppressed by a succession of men in colorful...

The Unbearable Whiteness of Publishing, Pt. 2 | The Village Voice
08/20/2021
The Unbearable Whiteness of Publishing, Pt. 2 | The Village Voice

The Unbearable Whiteness of Publishing, Pt. 2 | The Village Voice

“A handful of publishing houses account for a majority of the books published in the United States. In these companies, the question is not how many people of color they employ at decision-making levels, but whether they have any at all”

A friend pulled this up from the archives.
08/19/2021
State of African-American Literature

A friend pulled this up from the archives.

Malaika Adero talked about the state of African-American literature, as well as its history, significance, and traditions. "The State of African American Literature" was a talk at the 2014 Harlem Book Fair from the Langston Hughes Auditorium in the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Rese...

Photos from Institute of the Black World's post
07/13/2021

Photos from Institute of the Black World's post

Timeline Photos
07/10/2021

Timeline Photos

The IBW Legacy Group's summer 2021 gathering picks up again July 13th with Sonia Sanchez, A.B. Spellman, Kalamu ya Salaam, Destiny O. Birdsong and Opal Moore discussingthe critical analysis of Stephen Henderson author of Understanding the New Black Poetry--the role of art and literature in service to our liberation struggle. Here I am , the excited and grateful coordinator of this program, with Sister Sonia and Michael Simanga (who will present later in the series). So, stay with us, or join us, every Tuesday evening until August 17th. Find more info on www.instituteblackworld.com

06/25/2021

When thinking people gather, productive forward movement can happen. Join us:

Abdul Alkalimat: On the Institute of the Black World
06/22/2021
Abdul Alkalimat: On the Institute of the Black World

Abdul Alkalimat: On the Institute of the Black World

In its September 1969 issue, Ebony magazine published this photo of me. It was taken during the April 1969 student-faculty takeover of Harkness Hall, where an Atlanta University Center board of trustees meeting was underway. As a result of this militant action, two of us were fired by Spelman Colleg...

An uncomfortable breakdown of a literary relationship may be necessary for us to grapple with who we are and what we are...
06/18/2021
The Adichie-Emezi Fallout: A Few Thoughts

An uncomfortable breakdown of a literary relationship may be necessary for us to grapple with who we are and what we are about.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently responded to criticisms that have long trailed her on social media, ranging from her views on trans women to her strained relationship with some younger writers who she worked with at the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop. Since its publication on her personal webs

New great news on the publishing front.
06/02/2021

New great news on the publishing front.

We are pleased to announce Janet Hill Talbert as the new executive editor for Nelson Books, a nonfiction imprint of Thomas Nelson.

Read more about Janet here >>> https://fal.cn/3fMAY

"Amid this on-the-job anxiety, Nella finds refuge in Malaika, her sister friend, a woman her age who always has her back...
05/07/2021
A Novel Thriller | Wellesley Centers for Women

"Amid this on-the-job anxiety, Nella finds refuge in Malaika, her sister friend, a woman her age who always has her back. Malaika is her sounding board, her confidant, the one character that tries to help her untangle the thrilling mystery that drives the novel’s plot: Who is trying to push Nella out of Wagner—and why? Malaika is the girl every Black girl needs, but she is not the other Black girl.

Malaika is an homage to former Atria powerhouse Malaika Adero, the real-life woman who might have edited The Other Black Girl had she not left the Simon & Schuster imprint less than a decade ago. There are so few Black women in book publishing. Names like Marie Brown, Stacey Barney, Dawn Davis, Tracy Sherrod, and Linda Duggins come to mind. There are others, but only a precious few more. Harris tributes them all by naming her most keep-it-real character after the one Black woman editor who worked at the very imprint that published Harris’s book."

The Wellesley Centers for Women is a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College. Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high quality research, theory, and action programs.

Photos from Nina Foxx-Clever V***n Media's post
04/28/2021

Photos from Nina Foxx-Clever V***n Media's post

How I (Barely) Survived the Abject Failure of My Much Hyped Debut Novel
03/11/2021
How I (Barely) Survived the Abject Failure of My Much Hyped Debut Novel

How I (Barely) Survived the Abject Failure of My Much Hyped Debut Novel

In the fall of 2000—a few months before George W. Bush was elected president and nearly a year before 9/11 irrevocably altered the world I’d grown up knowing—my first novel was released from the gr…

PW Launches New U.S. Book Trade Fair for May
01/10/2021
PW Launches New U.S. Book Trade Fair for May

PW Launches New U.S. Book Trade Fair for May

Publishers Weekly will launch a new American publishing trade fair. The U.S. Book Show will run virtually May 26-28 and will offer events and programming for the domestic and international publishing industry, including booksellers, librarians, publishers, and self-published authors.

12/24/2020

Merry Christmas 2020. The present is the gift. Peace & Love to you.

Their Publishing Imprint Closed. Now They’re Bringing It Back.
12/18/2020
Their Publishing Imprint Closed. Now They’re Bringing It Back.

Their Publishing Imprint Closed. Now They’re Bringing It Back.

In a literary landscape dominated by the biggest players, Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau are among the executives rejecting the corporate publishing model and instead starting their own companies.

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You're invited to celebrate with us at Hueman Bookstore: raise a glass of bubbly + djFunmi playing the music + tasty bite+ the book! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-the-author-of-vice-president-kamala-harris-her-path-to-the-tickets-166832349047
An important read, coming to market in December.
Roadblocks & hurdles.
Receiving a first review of your novel is always a big moment. When the novel is as beautifully rendered as Seasons in Hippoland by Wanjiku Wa Ngugi it's an occasion to celebrate!. Congratulations.
A friend pulled this up from the archives.
My publisher, sharing her inspiring and enlightening life story in books.