Jacaranda Books has hired Cherise Lopes-Baker as commissioning fiction editor to launch a YA list.
The first book to be published by Lopes-Baker will be Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, set in a world ravaged by climate change where the indigenous people of North America are being hunted.
Cherise acquired UK, Europe, and Commonwealth English (excluding Canada) rights in a deal arranged by Ron Eckel at Cooke International on behalf of Marc Côté at Dancing Cat Books. The book will be released with a cover by Chief Lady Bird in August 2019.
“YA reaches us in our formative years. It helps us form our understanding of self, of each other, and of reality. To absent us from these worlds is to absent us from the comprehension of generations. We are here and we have been here. People deserve to grow up knowing our stories, our authors, and our realities,” she said. “The Marrow Thieves is an excellent title to debut our YA list. Cherie’s writing is unparalleled. Striking and tender, she expertly enfolds us in the very real horrors of indigenous genocide, as well as the complexity of a community and culture trying to survive. It is an achingly rich tale of love, connection, and survival, as well as an imperative education in historical and ongoing colonial crimes.”
Lopes-Baker is the founder of Desert Rose, a literary magazine for women of colour, and comes to Jacaranda from ICE Publishing and Words of Colour Productions. She is also a fellow in this year’s Frankfurt Fellowship Programme.
The publisher is looking for submissions and interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.