Spotlight: Cool. Awkward. Black. (A Multi-Genre YA anthology)

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TITLE:  Cool. Awkward. Black.
EDITOR: Karen Strong
PUBLISHER: PenguinTeen
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2023
GENRES: anthology, YA contemporary, YA fantasy


A multi-genre YA anthology of bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors challenging the concept of “the geek.”

A girl who believes in UFOs; a boy who might have finally found his Prince Charming; a hopeful performer who dreams of being cast in her school’s production of The Sound of Music; a misunderstood magician of sorts with a power she doesn’t quite understand.

These plotlines and many more compose the eclectic stories found within the pages of this dynamic, exciting, and expansive collection featuring exclusively Black characters. From contemporary to historical, fantasy to sci-fi, magical to realistic, and with contributions from a powerhouse list of self-proclaimed geeks and bestselling, award-winning authors, this life-affirming anthology celebrates and redefines the many facets of Blackness and geekiness—both in the real world and those imagined.


Featuring contributions from

  • Amerie
  • Kalynn Bayron
  • Terry J. Benton-Walker
  • Roseanne A. Brown
  • Elise Bryant
  • Tracy Deonn
  • Desiree S. Evans
  • Isaac Fitzsimons
  • Lamar Giles
  • Jordan Ifueko
  • Leah Johnson
  • Amanda Joy
  • Kwame Mbalia
  • Tochi Onyebuchi
  • Shari B. Pennant
  • K. Arsenault Rivera
  • Julian Winters
  • Ibi Zoboi


Spotlight: Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc + Giveaway

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Title: Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc
Author: Ash Bishop
Release Date: 09/06/2022
Genre(s): Science Fiction
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Finding work is easy. Staying alive is a little bit harder.

When Russ Wesley finds an unusual artifact in his grandfather’s collection of rare antiquities, the last thing he expects is for it to draw the attention of a ferocious alien from a distant planet. Equally surprising is the adventurous team of intergalactic exterminators dispatched to deal with the alien threat. They’re a little wild, and a little reckless. Worse yet, they’re so impressed with Russ’s marksmanship that they insist he join their squad . . . whether he wants to or not.

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Ash Bishop is a lifetime reader and a lifetime nerd, loving all things science fiction and fantasy. He has been a high school English teacher, and worked in the video game industry, as well as in educational app development. He even used to fetch coffee for Quentin Tarantino during the production of the film Jackie Brown. Bishop currently produces script coverage for a major Hollywood studio, but he spends his best days at home in Southern California with his wonderful wife and two wonderful children. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University.

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