Episode 020: Little Black Book

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Little Black Book: A Read Of The Book Industry

On this episode of UNGENTRIFIED, I am joined by Dhonielle Clayton (@brownbookworm), author of The Belles and the Tiny Pretty Things series and noted voice in Young Adult lit to chat about navigating the book industry as a black woman.

We discuss why publishers are clamoring for black stories yet refusing to hire black authors to create them, literary code-switching, and her role in making sure all authors portray black life realistically in books. Listen and give us your opinion!

Guest: Dhonielle Clayton (instagram.com/brownbookworm)

Website: dhonielleclayton.com

Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast:

You can find Dhonielle’s books, Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the first book in her newest series, The Belles, on Amazon.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Find out more about Dhonielle’s work at the sites for her publishing venture, Cake Literary and the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books.

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