In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the months of protesting that followed, the publishing industry has decided to take into account the role they play in systematic racism and how they have been uplifting those systems that benefit it and white privilege. As a young Black woman pursuing a career in the publishing industry, this is something I am glad to hear. I recently decided to spend some time learning about the diversity efforts that have been happening in the publishing industry, but unfortunately, I walked away incredibly disappointed.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and just because things may look a little different this year doesn’t mean the books will be any less swoon-worthy! Here are five up-and-coming YA books coming out in February to get everyone in the mood for the day celebrating all kinds of love.
Diversity in publishing has been widely discussed in recent years due to a lack of diversity among publishing professionals as well as among the stories being published. This problem has been the subject of various panels for a number of years, and the question of whether diversity is simply “trendy” has been raised in the publishing industry just as it has elsewhere. But two organizations are working to make sure that the push for diverse books is not just a trend, and so far they’ve been successful.