Well-Read Black Girl takes its name from Edim's online book community; competition launched to find an unpublished black British female author whose essay can be included in the UK edition of the anthology
Trapeze has signed a collection of essays curated by Glory Edim, founder of the online book community of the same name, Well-Read Black Girl, which has over 150,000 followers on Instagram.
Marleigh Price, assistant editor at Trapeze, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Stephanie Koven at Cullen Stanley, on behalf of Emma Parry at Janklow & Nesbit. Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim will be published next April in hardback.
According to Trapeze's acquisition announcement, Well-Read Black Girl is a 'powerful and inspiring collection of essays by black female writers, scholars and activists, which shines a light on how important it is that we all – regardless of gender, race, religion or ability – have the opportunity to find ourselves represented in literature.
'Celebrating the power of writing, and the work of authors such as Alice Walker, bell hooks and Toni Morrison, this eloquent and vibrant collection brings black female writers and readers to the forefront. The book features 21 essays from contributors such as Jesmyn Ward, twice-winner of the National Book Award, Oscar-nominated actress and writer Gabourey Sibide, and Rebecca Walker, writer and daughter of Alice Walker.'
To launch the book, Trapeze Books is running a competition in conjunction with Janklow and Nesbit to find an unpublished black British female author, whose essay will be included in the UK edition of the anthology. Details at: https://huk.landing-hachette.fr/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2018/12/Well-Read-Black-Girl-Competition-TCs.pdf.
Price said: "Well-Read Black Girl is a vital addition to the conversation around diversity and representation within literature and publishing, but more than that, it is a joyful celebration of books, and of the work of black women. As readers, the moment in which we find ourselves reflected in the pages of a book is one that lingers long after the final page, and yet for so many, that experience is all-too rare. I am so proud to be working with Glory to publish this necessary and compelling book that will resonate with so many people."
Edim (pictured) said: "I am so excited to be joining the team at Trapeze and look forward to seeing the submissions from our competition and finding a British Well-Read Black Girl to include in our anthology."