New Suns, a monthly book subscription box, allows readers to choose from five books each month. The service not only ships your choice but also art by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). What makes New Suns stand out from other book subscription boxes is that all the titles listed and selected are by BIPOC authors.
Since the last decade, there’s been talk about book subscription boxes, with OwlCrate and The Bookworm Box among the most popular, but only a few include diverse or intersectional reads. Renn and Gina have established New Suns to offer readers the opportunity to discover BIPOC, international, and multiply marginalized authors from traditional publishing and small presses. Even when we can dig through the Internet to find underrepresented authors, the low budget and marketing of most of these books, especially from smaller publishing houses, plunge them under the radar. A book subscription box that highlights these fantastic books deserving recognition is an excellent initiative.
New Suns comes from a quote by author Octavia E. Butler: “There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” The quote is the epigram from her unfinished manuscript, Parable of the Trickster, the potential last book of the critically acclaimed Parable series. New Suns provides a chance for readers to discover new books about various perspectives, experiences, and histories.
Each month, New Suns chooses 4-5 upcoming books based on a theme. The selected books are shipped with 2-3 creations by underrepresented and marginalized artists. New Suns offers subscription plans that fit your budget. Boxes are shipped at the end of each month. Please note that delivery may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re interested in donating, you can do so through their ko-fi.
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. They’re a submissions editor for Uncanny Magazine, a reader for Bodega Magazine, a volunteer for the Queer SFF Book Database, and an intern for Entangled Publishing. Their various areas of interest include intersectionality in apocalyptic and disaster films, Artificial Intelligence, writing for animation, YA SFF, and LGBTQ+ representation in children’s media.
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