Phoebe Robinson’s Tiny Reparations expands, adding book imprint under Dutton/Plume

Phoebe Robinson spent the better part of a year touring the world with former First Lady Michelle Obama, interviewing her to promote Obama’s book, “Becoming.”

Now Robinson is becoming an even bigger promoter of authors with the launch of her own book imprint within Dutton/Plume. It’s called Tiny Reparations, the same name as her production company, which has a 10-episode talk-show order already from Comedy Central.

From the press release from Random House:

Phoebe Robinson—the New York Times bestselling author of You Can’t Touch My HairEverything’s Trash, But It’s OK, and the forthcoming Six Feet Apart; stand-up comedian; writer; actress; and producer—is partnering with her publisher, Plume, to launch a new imprint called Tiny Reparations Books.

Robinson said, “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.”

Christine Ball, publisher of Dutton and Plume, will also serve as publisher of the new imprint, while Robinson will be founder.

Ball said, “We’re excited about this important and necessary addition to the Dutton/Plume publishing programs. Robinson, a ferociously skilled writer and bestselling author with her finger on the pulse, is the perfect person to help us further diversify the Plume list. She has never shied away from tackling topics that many avoid, and we look forward to this partnership and working with the talented new authors that we will bring to the world together.”

Tiny Reparations Books will be a highly curated imprint dedicated to publishing both literary fiction and nonfiction as well as essay collections that highlight and amplify unique and diverse voices. The imprint is committed to publishing complex, honest, and humorous work that not only reflects the current conversation but also pushes it forward.

Robinson’s backlist books and future books will continue to be published under the Plume imprint.

Sean L. McCarthy

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