Sharmaine Lovegrove’s Little, Brown imprint Dialogue Books will publish a US-focused edition of The Good Immigrant after acquiring world rights to The Good Immigrant USA from Julia Kingsford, of Kingsford Campbell, in a joint deal with Little, Brown US editor Jean Garnett.
Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman will edit The Good Immigrant USA, which will be released in the UK and US in May 2019.
It will comprise 20 essays and articles by writers and high-profile people of colour, exploring race and identity in the US’ politically and racially fraught climate.
Confirmed contributors include rapper Himanshu Suri, a.k.a. Heems, and writer Jenny Zhang. Lovegrove heralded the anthology as “a timely and exceptional exploration that will highlight the deep-rooted and lasting effects of people being marginalised and othered”.
Kingsford, alongside Shukla, launched a crowd-funding campaign for literary quarterly The Good Journal last month and laid the foundations for a new literary agency to champion marginalised voices. She commented: “The Good Immigrant has grown so much from the original idea Nikesh had: it has become so powerful and important in the UK. With this US-focused edition it has the potential to contribute in the same way in the US, both in the vital debate around race and immigration and in showcasing established and emerging writers of colour.”