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Jolly Fish Press acquires book set against the backdrop of current and past racial tensions in America

Jul 21, 2016 11:47 pm

For Immediate Release

Date: July 21, 2016
Contact: Christopher Loke,
Subject: Jolly Fish Press acquires book set against the backdrop of current and past racial tensions in America 

PROVO, UT—Jolly Fish Press (JFP) has acquired the World English publication and sub rights to Donna Hill’s They Call This Place Here, an epistolary novel spanning three generations that tells the story of a family whose lives are played against the struggle of the Civil Rights movement, the race riots of the 90s, and the racial tension of the twenty-first century. McKelle George, acquisitions editor at Jolly Fish Press, headed the deal. They Call This Place Here is scheduled to be released Winter of 2018.

The intertwining lives of the Hicks family unfolds through a series of letters between mother and daughter, diary entries, spoken word lyrics, news articles, and a television documentary. At the heart of the story is the estrangement between father and daughter, struggling to heal the rift that has kept them apart. 

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era, race riots of the 90s, post Obama and #Blacklivesmatter, They Call This Place Here speaks to the heart of us all—family—the root from which we grow. It is the story of a family that endures, changes, succumbs, and rises through the trauma of our history in all its beauty and ugliness and is forever changed by it.

Donna Hill began her career in 1987 writing short stories for the confession magazines. Since that time she has more than seventy published titles to her credit since her first novel was released in 1990, and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African American romance genre. Three of her novels have been adapted for television. She has been featured in Essence, the New York Daily News, USA Today, Today’s Black Woman, and Black Enterprise among many others. She has received numerous awards for her body of work—which cross several genres– including The Career Achievement Award, the first recipient of The Trailblazer Award, The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award, The Gold Pen Award among others, as well as commendations for her community service, during her tenure as Coordinator for Kianga House—a transitional residence for homeless teen mothers and their children. Donna holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and is an Adjunct Professor of English at Medgar Evers College, Essex County College and Baruch College. Donna currently lives in Brooklyn with her family.

They Call This Place Here will be distributed by Independent Publishers Group (IPG). Media and translation rights are available. 

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