Blink YA Books today announced it has signed a three-book deal with New York Times bestselling author, Newbery award winner, poet, and educator Kwame Alexander. Alexander will develop these young adult novels under the Blink imprint; the first book is anticipated to release in Summer 2017.
“Kwame Alexander is among the most influential and energetic children’s authors in America today and we are thrilled to be publishing his YA books under the Blink imprint,” said Annette Bourland, Senior VP and Group Publisher at Blink. “His mission to reach teens with a life-changing and hope-filled message aligns perfectly with our imprint. This series of books will impact lives and encourage young people to be introspective, fueling them to make a difference in the world during an important moment in our culture.”
“As a young adult author, I believe I have a responsibility to help young people imagine a better world—a better life. What better way to do this than with a publisher that gets it—that understands we need to engage, we definitely want to entertain, and ultimately, we want to empower. Cool, accessible, lyrical words can accomplish that with young readers,” said Alexander.
The prolific bestselling and award-winning children’s author is set to release three soon-to-be-named contemporary young adult fiction titles. Alexander’s new books will deal with topics and issues that today’s teens face, with strong coming-of-age appeal, in unconventional settings. His characters embrace diversity and speak in a fresh, bold, and poetic voice that reaches the heart of today’s teen reader. Though formed in a collection, each title will have the ability to stand alone, featuring new characters facing different issues.
Alexander is represented by Arielle Eckstut of Levine, Greenburg, Rostan Literary Agency. The acquisition editor for Alexander’s titles with Blink is Robyn Burwell.
Sr. PR Manager, Blink