The Go-Between: An upper class immigration story about race and place

After a certain number of years spent authoring, writing about experiences that are not your own simply comes with the territory. In The Go-Between, Veronica Chambers offers a peek into the story of rich Mexican immigrants and how they find out that, moneyed or not, they cannot shed the stain of their origins. The perennially devalued and invisibilised Afro-Latina is particularly well-placed to tell that type of story.

Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up is a letter to the younger you and a map for the next generation

Written by Melissa Cummings-Quarry, Natalie A. Carter, and illustrated by Dorcas Magbadelo, Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up is a true ode of love to Black girlhood. You are given practical advice from those who have been there and done the living to tell the tale. You may laugh, you may tear up a little, and you just might remember lessons from your younger self that were long forgotten.

After a 20-year publishing hiatus, Gayl Jones is back with a heady historical fiction

After publishing to great acclaim in the 1980s and 1990s, Gayl Jones disappeared from the public eye. Somewhere in the last few pages of this brutal historical fiction that has been half a century in the making, our protagonist—the observational Almeyda—asks “how can one write such a history and live through it at the same time?”. A fragmented narrative of slavery and survival set in 17th century colonial Brazil, Palmares begs the same question.

“I grew up obsessed with this alternate version of myself”: A conversation with Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo is an award-winning Sudanese-American contemporary poet and Stanford University Fellow. Author of The January Children (2017), Home is Not a Country (2021), Girls That Never Die (forthcoming), and co-editor of anthology Halal If You Hear Me (2019), her work has been recognised internationally for its originality of form and capacity for tenderness. In this interview, Safia speaks to us about the inspiration behind Home is Not a Country, her roots, and writing a world that reflects the one she grew up in.