Lee&Low, an independent publisher just announced the first three titles to be released under their new imprint TU Books.
Fantasy, science fiction, and mystery: these genres draw in young readers like no other. Yet it is in these genres that readers of color might feel most like an outsider, given that such a large percentage features white characters (when they feature human characters). It is the goal of Tu Books to publish genre books for children and young adults that fills this gap in the market—and more importantly, this gap in serving our readers. By focusing on diverse settings and characters in fantastic stories, we also open up worlds to all readers.
The three books are coming out in the Fall. - Tankborn by Karen Sandler, Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac and Galaxy Games by Greg H. Fishbone. Checkout the summaries and the great covers.
If you place a winning bid you can win all three and support the Japanese relief effort. Japan Auction# 97 From Stacy Whitman.
I just found this today and was very tempted not to mention it to increase my chances of winning. But that would be wrong. The auction ends Monday 4/11 9 AM, Edt. So go bid now.
Spread the word about TU Books. Its success means more diversity. As their author list grows, I hope to see more authors of color. For now I plan talking up TU Books whenever I can. Slipping in a few mentions in comment boxes when appropriate.