Liveright Publishing Corporation and Glory Edim founder of Well-Read Black Girl announced a partnership for a literary series dedicated to debut fiction by women and non-binary authors, “with a focus on people of color and traditionally underrepresented voices.”
The series is called “WRBG x Liveright” and stating in 2023 will publish two books a year. It continues a wave of recent imprints centered on diversifying the literary market, from Tiny Reparations at Penguin Random House to Black Privilege Publishing at Simon & Schuster. It also comes at a time when a wave of new laws and other actions have led to books being removed from schools and libraries around the country.
“I founded Well-Read Black Girl in 2015 to serve as a one-of-a kind affirming space for Black women to encounter literature and engage in critical discourse with one another,” Edim said in a statement.
Last fall, Liveright published “On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library,” for which Edim chose stories by Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat and Zora Neale Hurston among others. Edim’s affinity for Liveright’s parent company, W.W. Norton & Company, dates back to her years as a student at Howard University, when assignments often were drawn from Norton’s widely used anthologies.
At first they will only accept submission from authors with agents, but will open up requirements in the future.