Junauda Petrus is a writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist, born on Dakota land of Black-Caribbean descent. Her work centers around wildness, queerness, Black-diasporic-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, shimmer and liberation. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and family. www.junauda.com
15 Books to read, swoon, repeat all month long
Whether you’re making plans with a special someone or already asked Netflix to be your Valentine, love is in the air! So, here are 11 books that will have you swooning with the season! The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best … ContinuedSee More
Every book hitting shelves in September!
It’s honestly insane how many freaking AMAZING books are about to hit shelves, but we’re gonna try and break it down, starting with September! 9/3: We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund – A powerful and haunting debut novel about friendship, acceptance, and learning to let go as the balance between the living and the … ContinuedSee More
9 YA Books to Read for #Blackathon2020
It’s February, which means Blackathon is back! #Blackathon2020 is an Afrocentric read-a-thon challenge inspired by Black History Month. Helmed by BookTubers Jesse from Bowties & Books and Lauren from The Novel Lush, Blackathon has created fun opportunities to celebrate books and works by Black and African American authors and creators throughout the entire month of … ContinuedSee More
15 Must-Reads Before the End of 2019
We know it’s only August, but tbh 2019 has been flying by and we penguins just want to make sure you don’t miss out on these top 15 reads to grab before the end of 2019! I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson This is the perfect suspenseful, October read. Jennifer Donaldson’s new twisty … ContinuedSee More
DIG by A.S. King is a Printz Award Winner!
Dig by A.S. King just won the Printz Award! For those of you who might be new, the Michael L. Printz Award awards the best books written for teens each year, based purely on its literary merit. Basically: it’s a big deal. Think the Oscars for books. So, we are SO excited to share that Dig by A.S. … ContinuedSee More
#ReadWithPride With These LGBTQIA+ Books
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Read an excerpt of Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Happy #FridayReads! This week we’re reading Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus, the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both. Read the excerpt below! Chapter 1: Audre “Yuh fas’ and arrow and sensual and mango,” Queenie tells me, … ContinuedSee More