Tiny Reparations Books

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Founded in 2020 by Phoebe Robinson in partnership with Plume and Penguin Random House, Tiny Reparations Books is a highly curated imprint dedicated to publishing both literary fiction and nonfiction that highlight and amplify unique and diverse voices. The imprint is committed to publishing complex and honest work that not only reflects the current conversation but also pushes it forward.

Tiny Reparations Books’s roster of recent and upcoming bestselling and acclaimed fiction includes the instant New York Times bestseller and #1 International bestseller and Edgar Award nominee Portrait of a Thief and the forthcoming Anatomy of a Betrayal, both by Grace D. Li; Center for Fiction and NAACP Image award finalist What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris; Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Book Perish and the forthcoming collection Holler, Child, both by Latoya Watkins; and Good Morning America Buzz Pick Gone Like Yesterday by Janelle M. Williams.

Our nonfiction subjects cover a broad range, including cultural criticism, essays, comedy, pop culture, memoirs, practical books, inspirational nonfiction, activist histories, journalism, business, and more. The imprint launched with Phoebe Robinson’s Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes; and other recent and upcoming nonfiction titles include: Great Falls, MT by comedian and bandleader on The Late Late Show with James Corden Reggie Watts; How to Live Free in a Dangerous World by National Book Critics Circle finalist Shayla Lawson; Marsha by activist and scholar Tourmaline; Black-Owned by NBC News reporter Char Adams, Eight Million Ways to Happiness by Hiroko Yoda, a Shinto cultural historian and New Yorker contributor; Big Asian Energy by TEDx speaker and leadership coach John Wang; The Body Liberation Project by strength coach Chrissy King; Magical/Realism by Whiting Award-winning poet Vanessa Angelica Villarreal; Rage by Entertainment Weekly staff writer Lester Fabian Brathwaite; A Product of Genetics (and Day Drinking) by former journalist Jess H. Gutierrez; and This Thread of Gold by actress and UN Ambassador Catherine Joy White.

We are also proud to publish Plantains and Our Becoming, a book of poetry by Audie Award winner and performer Melania Luisa Marte.

Comedian, actress, author, and producer, Phoebe Robinson has said about the imprint:

“We all know there is a lack of diversity in publishing. Tiny Reparations Books recognizes that the publishing landscape isn’t going to change until the actual work starts behind the scenes. I am thrilled to partner with Plume to help take this important step. And I look forward to bringing a wide range of voices to Plume and helping to push the boundaries of publishing.”

The imprint announcement has been featured across media, including The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, New York Magazine’s Vulture, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Essence, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, InStyle, and Refinery29.

“[Tiny Reparations Books] will launch a thousand book clubs.”—Vulture

“Instead of just complaining about the lack of diversity in publishing, comedian and actress Phoebe Robinson, one half of 2 Dope Queens, has partnered with Plume to launch an imprint.” —Essence

“[Tiny Reparations Books will] be worth watching for what comes next.”—Associated Press

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