Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for WELCOME HOME, edited by Eric Smith, releasing September 5, 2017 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Eric:
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to do a We Need Diverse Books panel with several YA authors I adore, a few hours outside of Philadelphia. I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), Randy Ribay (An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes), E.C. Myers (The Silence of Six)… and the bunch of us talked to some fantastic school librarians about kid-lit and diversity, and the difficulty and frustration of growing up without seeing ourselves in what we read.
I made some silly joke about how there aren’t any books about “the geeky adopted brown teenager being raised by an Irish Catholic family.”
And E.C. Myers, exclaimed “there still isn’t!”
We all had a good laugh at my weirdly specific request, but the crazy thing is, it’s true. It’s hard to find those books about adopted kids. I feel like we’ve been lucky lately, with recent books like Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi and See No Color by Shannon Gibney hitting the shelves. But adopted teens are still hard to spot in books. I wrote a little bit about this here.
And well, I wanted to help change that a bit. And thus, Welcome Home was born, after a late-night, rambling email to my literary agent. I wanted to try and pull in as many authors I could to write about the many sides of adoption, and whenever possible, get authors to pull from a real, genuine place.
It took a while to find them. It’s not like every kid-lit author has a Wikipedia page that screams “I’m adopted!” on it, you know?
See, a lot of the authors in the collection have particularly close ties to adoption. Some of us are adoptees. Others have adopted children, or have worked with foster kids. Some pull from the stories of those close to them, family and the like. And I’m just so proud of the resulting collection.
And to share the cover with you all.
Some of you who have been following the collection might have caught wind of the news that it almost gotten canceled, when the original press, Jolly Fish Press, announced they were shuttering. They were bought, and thankfully are still in action, and the collection was streamed up to Flux. Which is just a thrill for me, as I love that press.
So this is a bit of a cover reveal, and a bit of a publisher reveal, I suppose.
Here we go. I hope you like it, and I hope you’ll join us on this adventure when the book comes out in September.
~Eric Smith (WELCOME HOME, Flux)
Ready to see?
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Here it is!
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Eric Smith is a young adult author and literary agent who grew up in the wilds of New Jersey. When he isn't working on books (his and other peoples), he can be found writing about books for places like Book Riot and Paste Magazine. He lives with his wife, Nena, and their legion of small furry animals. Find him online at www.ericsmithrocks.com or on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks.
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