Hi everyone,

today I have not so good news (but bright future ahead) and news that will give you a reason to rejoice.

First the sad one: the MLAG 2010 Conference has been canceled. We are all aware of the strains on the economy, and this could explain the low enrollment rate observed for both Reading the World XII in San Francisco, and the 2010 Annual Multicultural Literary Conference in Mobile Alabama. Both organizers fully intent to make it happen next year. I would keep an eye on MLAG throughout the year if I were you, for workshops organized in various states and a possible one day multicultural meeting. I am convinced of the success of the next events.

I thank Linda Covella, my critique partner, for emailing me the following news so promptly. This is cause for celebration, and trust me, I’ll be celebrating here in California. In French there is this say, “l’union fait la force”, which expresses the idea of a union that brings more strength.

It is now official. LEE & LOW BOOKS has acquired TU PUBLISHING, now known as TU BOOKS.
Stacy Whitman, who graced Multiculturalism Rocks with its first interview, is moving to New York to serve as the editorial director of the new imprint. LEE & LOW is looking forward to launching the first publications in 2011, which if you ask me, can’t come fast enough!

Here’s an extract of the press release:
“The fact that Tu was able to raise so much money indicates that there is a real need for this,” says Low. Since Tu will now become an imprint of LEE & LOW, all money will be refunded to donors.

“The outpouring of support on the Kickstarter project and from children’s book professionals validates my mission, and the opportunity to join forces with LEE & LOW, with its vast experience publishing diverse children’s books, will allow me to accomplish my goals even beyond what I could have expected,” Whitman explains.

The read the article in its entirety, click here!

Click here for TU BOOKS web page!

To learn more about LEE & LOW BOOKS, visit their website: http://www.leeandlow.com/. Another trait I admire about LEE & LOW is their dedication to environmental issues in publishing. Read all about it on their website as well.

Click here to read the interview of publisher Jason Low on Multiculturalism Rocks!

Hope this made your day. It sure made mine. 🙂 Oops, and I almost forgot! Congratulations to Cynthia Leitich Smith her latest multicultural novel, Eternal, which is currently at #5 on the New York Times Bestselling list! Can you say HOORAY? And Multicultural books rock? 😀

And congratulations to Laura Manivong for her debut novel Escaping the Tiger! This is a great week!!!

Have a wonderful week,


4 thoughts on “NewsFlash: MLAG Conference, LEE & LOW BOOKS Acquires TU PUBLISHING, & more good news!

  1. Thanks for this piece of information Nathalie. As someone who writes multicultural books for children, I’ve long admired Lee and Low. It’s exciting to hear that they are growing, especially in these difficult economic times!
    Keep up the good work, Nathalie!


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