Indie publisher Sourcebooks has teamed up with Ebony Magazine Publishing of the renowned Black media brand to produce adult fiction and nonfiction books.
Together, Sourcebooks and Ebony plan to publish four to eight books a year, first starting with Black Hollywood: Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments by photographer Carell Augustus. The photography book will come out in October and feature images of Black actors from Vanessa L. Williams as Cleopatra to Vivica A. Fox as Veronica Lake. Upcoming fiction includes the first book in the crime thriller Martyr Maker series originally self-published by actor Eriq La Salle.
“It’s wonderful to partner with the forward-thinking team at Sourcebooks,” said Lavaille Lavette, president and publisher of Ebony Magazine Publishing, in a statement. “This collaboration with our flagship imprint Ebony Magazine Publishing will celebrate the broad spectrum of Black voices through powerful fiction and nonfiction stories with authors who represent and speak to the full spectrum of our culture.”
Ebony’s publishing arm focuses on stories in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, culture, and children’s literature through its imprints Ebony Classics, Ebony 2.0., Ebony Voices, and Ebony Jr. It’s also home to the Ebony Book Club.
Helmed by CEO and publisher Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks is one of the largest woman-owned publishers based in the Chicago area that specializes in young adult, fantasy, mystery and crime, thriller and suspense, diverse literature, LGBTQ+ literature, and children’s literature.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with EBONY to showcase the extraordinary work of Black authors and celebrate Black stories,” Dominique said in the statement. “Books change lives, and Ebony Magazine Publishing will be life-changing for authors and readers alike.”