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The Coming ‘Tsunami’ of Books on Race


“There are readers out there who may not think they are reading a book about quote-unquote race,” the literary agent Alia Hanna Habib said. “But they are.” After George Floyd was murdered last May, and protests demanding racial justice swelled around the United States, bookstores had trouble keeping “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo in stock. They couldn’t keep “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo or “The New Jim Crow,” a 2010 book by Michelle Alexander, on shelves either.

As readers rushed to buy books about race and racism , especially ones that focused on the experiences of Black Americans, publishers raced to sign deals to publish more. Now, some of those books, along with many that were already in the pipeline, are starting to come out into the world. Agents, authors and publishers are anxious to see how these titles do in a crowded fall season, and what their successes or failures might mean for future deals.

The new and coming books include “ Say It Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture ,” by Randall Kennedy, “ Three Girls From Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood ,” by Dawn Turner; “Social Justice […]

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