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David and Nicola Yoon launch YA imprint for people of color

ByReiss Bowler

Oct 1, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) – Best-selling authors David and Nicola Yoon launch a print of Random House Children’s Books for young adult romantic novels by and about people of color. They call the imprint Joy Revolution and plan to release the first books in 2022.

“I loved romantic comedies and novels when I was younger. Loved the encounters, the breakups, the make-ups and the final chase scene, followed by the big speech where one person declared love for the other, ” Nicola Yoon said in a statement on Thursday, citing films like “ Moonstruck “and” The Princess Bride, “along with Harlequin novels.

But as much as I loved those titles, they always left me with nagging questions: Where were the girls who looked like me? Have black girls never fallen in love? “

Joy Revolution continues the publishing industry’s efforts to diversify a historically white company, whether it’s hiring Dana Canedy to run Simon & Schuster’s flagship or announcing earlier this week that Jamia Wilson will be vice president and executive editor of Random House’s Adult Trade division.

“All readers deserve to see themselves represented in the books they read,” Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books said in a statement.

David Yoon is known for such novels as “Frankly In Love” and “Super Fake Love Song.” Books by Nicola Yoon, his wife, include The Sun Is Also a Star and Everything, Everything.

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