Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Subject: Forthcoming

Respect

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Forthcoming: 10/6/20

Otis Redding’s classic song “Respect”—as popularized by Aretha Franklin—becomes an empowering picture book exploring the concept of mutual respect through the eyes of a young girl.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before October 6, 2020.

Cane Warriors

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Forthcoming: 10/20/20

Moa, a fourteen-year-old slave, gets caught up in the most significant slave rebellion in Jamaican history, paying homage to freedom fighters all over the world.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before October 20, 2020.

Black Lotus 2: The Vow

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Forthcoming: 11/3/20

After the death of a police officer, assassin Kahllah (aka the Black Lotus) is forced out of retirement in an attempt to clear her name while outrunning a mysterious enemy.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before November 3, 2020.

Particulate Matter

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Forthcoming: 11/3/20

In concise and distilled prose, Lemus presents a collection of still lifes, landscapes, and portraits of a challenging year that threatened all she loved most.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before November 3, 2020.

Miami Noir: The Classics

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Forthcoming: 11/17/20

The long-awaited sequel to 2006’s best-selling Miami Noir highlights an outstanding tradition of legendary writers exploring the dark side of paradise.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before November 17, 2020.

A Million Aunties

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Forthcoming: 11/17/20

American-born artist Chris is forced to reconsider his conception of family during a visit to his mother’s Caribbean homeland.

Accra Noir (Ghana)

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Forthcoming: 12/1/20

Accra joins Lagos, Nairobi, Marrakech, and Addis Ababa in representing the African continent in the Noir Series arena.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before December 1, 2020.

Belgrade Noir (Serbia)

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Forthcoming: 12/1/20

Belgrade, with all of its historical complexity, joins Zagreb and Prague in representing the Eastern European dimension of the Akashic Noir Series.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before December 1, 2020.

Here Lies a Father

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Forthcoming: 1/5/21

Fifteen-year-old Ian Daly’s moral universe is turned upside down when, at his father’s funeral, he discovers that his father had two secret families.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before January 5, 2021.

Planet Claire: Suite for Cello and Sad-Eyed Lovers

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Forthcoming: 1/5/21

The second installment in Ann Hood’s Gracie Belle imprint challenges the traditional solemnity that characterizes nonfiction books of grief, loss, and sorrow.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before January 5, 2021.

Prayer for the Living

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Forthcoming: 2/2/21

Topical and timely, Booker Prize–winning author Ben Okri’s new collection of short stories blurs parallel realities and walks the line between darkness and magic.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before February 2, 2021.

Speculative Los Angeles

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Forthcoming: 2/2/21

The debut title of a new city-based anthology series featuring stories with speculative, sci-fi, and paranormal themes.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before February 2, 2021.

Creatures of Passage

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Forthcoming: 3/16/21

With echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Yejidé’s novel explores a forgotten quadrant of Washington, DC, and the ghosts that haunt it.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before March 16, 2021.