Ebury is to publish Living While Black: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Racial Trauma by psychologist Guilaine Kinouani.
Marianne Tatepo, commissioning editor at Ebury Press and Pop Press, acquired world all-language rights direct from the author. It is the first acquisition by Tatepo since her move to Ebury’s Lifestyle team in April 2020. She was previously at Penguin General and 4th Estate/William Collins, and she is the founder of the Black Agents and Editors’ Group.
In Living While Black, Kinouani brings together powerful case studies, eye-opening research and effective coping techniques for facing racial adversity. It also promises to help readers to set psychological boundaries and process trauma; protect children from racism; handle difficult race-based conversations; understand the complexities of "Black love"; and find connection, beauty and joy in the world. The publisher describes it as "an essential anti-racist resource for allies who want to do better".
Kinouani is a UK-based French radical/critical psychologist of Congolese descent. She works as a senior psychologist and is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, London. Kinouani is also the writer of the blog RaceReflections.co.uk, and leads Race Reflections and its Academy, which provides workshops on anti-racism, racial trauma and self-care.
Kinouani said: "Though resistance runs through our veins, the harm of racism is real—with Living While Black, I want to convey both messages. I want to engage the reader in deep and at times challenging thinking on the impact of racial trauma on their own life and offer practical strategies to support self-care, and advice on how to resist racism using psychological tools. This book will empower and validate Black readers across the globe, leaving them more confident in their ability not only to survive but also to thrive despite anti-blackness. I also wish to connect white readers to the lived reality of blackness and increase their commitment to racial justice and anti-racism."
Tatepo added: "How can we, Black people, reclaim our focus without exhausting ourselves? I’ve followed Race Reflections for many years, and can’t think of anyone better placed to answer this than Guilaine, who has worked tirelessly to uncover how systemic racism impacts our health, and how to—where possible—buffer its insidious effects. With demand for mental health support at an all-time high and supply in the inverse, this book will change lives for the better with Guilaine’s tangible therapeutic advice and accessible, critical insights. Living While Black will be instrumental in moving conversations of anti-blackness forward, acting as a comfort for Black people and their myriad experiences, and a wake-up call for allies."
Ebury will publish the book in February 2021.