Jennifer Baker
Editor, Forbes.com contributing writer, We Need Diverse Books team member, creator of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, Sackett Street Writers' Workshop instructor.

Laini Taylor On Her New Book 'Strange The Dreamer'

From the title alone, Strange the Dreamer invokes the mystery of many of Laini Taylor’s novels. The first line prepares readers for the beauty of the world she creates along with the ominous journey the characters will face: “On the second Sabbat…
By Jennifer Baker

5 Nonfiction Titles Look At Black Lives Matter

This is a time when so many emotions can leave many in America, particularly Blacks, at a loss of what to say. The recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have created more distress, but the event also call for more action. Many pieces…
By Jennifer Baker

Cake Literary's Mission Is To Diversify Kids Lit

Authors, activists, and founders of book packaging company Cake Literary Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton are not only fans of cake, they’re fans of work that embodies the full lives and range of experiences of marginalized people on the page…
By Jennifer Baker

This 'Hamilton' Star Won't Let Barriers Stop Her

Newly minted Tony-award winner and Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry was all tears and appreciation during Sunday night's awards show. The 45-year-old actress broke down during her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Featured Role to reveal…
By Jennifer Baker

'Hamilton' Tickets Will Be Easier To Get Next Year

Everyone involved with Hamilton in any capacity has probably been asked "How do I get tickets?" more than once. Tickets to the hit musical are highly sought after and that extended to the press room at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. And now that…
By Jennifer Baker

2016 Tony Winners Honored Orlando Backstage Too

Over the course of the 2016 Tony Awards, the Orlando shooting that took place earlier on Sunday was honored many times, both in tributes from the show itself and in winners' speeches. That continued in the press room for the Tony Awards, as winner…
By Jennifer Baker

Sherman Alexie Returns With Children's Book

Tuesday marks the release of National Book Award-winning author Sherman Alexie’s new children's book. Not only is Thunder Boy Jr. a vibrant story about family and identity, but it’s also a personal story for Alexie in terms of his own experiences,…
By Jennifer Baker

10 Books From Amistad Press

This year marks the third decade Amistad, a HarperCollins imprint, has been in existence as an imprint focused on Black voices. When I spoke with editorial director Tracy Sherrod last year, she mentioned her love of books and her love of Blackness…
By Jennifer Baker

#BlackGirlMagic Book Covers

Hashtags take Twitter by storm often enough, but the #BlackGirlMagic hashtag is here to stay. During Black History month Essence magazine celebrated #BlackGirlMagic with celebrities and activists who exuded confidence, glamour, and yes, magic, on…
By Jennifer Baker

5 Lessons On Saying 'No' From Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes’ bestselling work Year of Yes is part self-help book, part humorous biography. It's also a heartfelt and personal ode to understanding and recognizing your feminist self, filled with excerpts that may incite an internal (or external)…
By Jennifer Baker

What 15 Publishing Pros Say About Diversity

"Diversity in publishing" is a tagline seen regularly, daily even. And often when the lack of it is brought up it's in terms of books and book creators. But, the lack of marginalized voices doesn't stop there. The dearth of representation of people…
By Jennifer Baker

10 Books I Wish I'd Had As a Young POC Reader

I was a child of the '80s, when Disney afternoon cartoons were worth racing home from school for. I was also an adolescent of the '90s, when teen pop stars and grunge bands battled it out with East Coast/West Coast rappers on the Billboard charts. I…
By Jennifer Baker