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The Other Black Girl

As the only Black employee at her company, Nella is thrilled when Hazel joins—until things take an ominous turn.

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<club-desc-paragraph>Nella Rogers is the only Black employee at Wagner Books—until Hazel is hired as a new editorial assistant. Initially, Nella is elated: Finally, she won’t be the only one dealing with the deeply ingrained bigotry of her all-white Manhattan workplace.<club-desc-paragraph>

<club-desc-paragraph>But things take an unexpected turn. Unlike Nella, Hazel is beloved by all. And, as their paths continue to diverge, mysterious, threatening notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk. Is Hazel the one leaving the notes? What’s really going on with the new star employee?<club-desc-paragraph>

<club-desc-paragraph>Satirical and sharp, Zakiya’s thrilling debut novel keeps you guessing. Learn how the author’s experiences informed her writing as she talks candidly about corporate America, the need for inclusivity, and the painful decisions people face when choosing between “self” and “success.”<club-desc-paragraph>

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<club-landing-h3>Background<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Zakiya shares the puzzling workplace interaction that sparked her idea for The Other Black Girl.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>From Assistant to Author<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Zakiya talks about leaving her job, finishing her first rough draft, and looking for like-minded advocates.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Art Imitates Life<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Zakiya reflects on her own life and how people have perceived her as a Black woman. She also addresses her book’s “question-mark ending.”<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>More than One Black Story<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Zakiya discusses the coded language of publishing, as well as the need for thoughtful inclusivity.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Representation Matters<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Zakiya shares how personal experiences influence her writing, including being compared with other Black women.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Perspective, Perception & POV<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Zakiya explains why she decided to include multiple perspectives in her book. She also notes the role of Black female friendships and the impact of betrayal.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Behind the Desk<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Zakiya shares why she chose Temi Coker’s painting for her book jacket, along with some artifacts from her publishing career.<club-landing-paragraph>

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