Abrams is increasing its graphic novel offerings in spring 2021 with an imprint centered entirely around LGBTQ books. According to The New York Times, Surely Books will be curated by Caldecott Medal and Ignatz Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me).
“I am so excited to have this opportunity to take on a new role in the creative process, to learn more with the writers and artists I’m working with, to find new ways to support queer creators and queer stories, new voices in our community,” Tamaki said in a statement.
Surely will publish a mix of fiction and nonfiction graphic novels highlighting activism in the queer community, as well as achievements and struggles. The first books scheduled for release in spring 2021 are a biography of novelist Patricia Highsmith, written by Moonstruck scribe Grace Ellis; a biography of Revolutionary War hero Baron von Steuben, written by Josh Trujillo and illustrated by Levi Hastings; and a fiction story by cartoonist Terry Blas and artist Claudia Aguirre about friends who make a surprising discovery one summer.
Mariko Tamaki will be at New York Comic Con this weekend. Stay tuned for more news from her and Surely Books.