BLK Teams Up with Simon & Schuster to Launch an Interactive Book Club and Celebrate ‘Black Summer Love’

The online book club will be hosted via social media, and will feature romance novels written by black authors

(DALLAS and NEW YORK) June 7, 2022 – Today, BLK, the #1 dating app made for Black singles, announced that it is partnering with world renowned publishing company, Simon & Schuster, to create the BLK Book Club and present “Black Summer Love”, an online book club that will highlight three romance novels written by Black authors.

The three novels that will be highlighted during the BLK Book Club include You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (Atria Books), Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle (Simon & Schuster BFYR)  and Good Morning, Love by Ashley M. Coleman (Simon & Schuster).

“With summer right around the corner, we wanted to create something fun and interactive for BLK users, and set the tone for those looking to spark a summer romance in an unexpected way,” said Jonathan Kirland, Head of Marketing & Brand for BLK. “We’re all about creating the best virtual community for Black singles to meet, and we’re excited to be partnering with one of the world’s best-known publishers to create another form of engagement for our users.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to share these three captivating Black Love stories with BLK’s highly-engaged community of Black singles,” said Simon & Schuster’s Sienna Farris, Vice President, Director of Multicultural Marketing. “It’s a perfect love match of books, authors, and audience to get in the mood for a summer of great reading – and maybe more.”

Beginning on June 9th, the three-part online book club series will be hosted weekly via Instagram Live on BLK’s and Simon & Schuster’s owned and operated channels, with each segment moderated by notable content creators in the literature space.

BLK Book Club Schedule:

Date: June 9

Good Morning, Love

Author: Ashley M. Coleman (she/her)

BLK IG Host: Bree Hill (@bree.unabashedly)

Date: June 15

Love Radio

Author: Ebony LaDelle (she/her)

BLK IG Host: Nnenna (@scsreads)

Date: June 22

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

Author: Akwaeke Emezi (they/them)

BLK IG Host: Jess (@literaryintersections)

For additional details on the BLK Book Club, follow BLK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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Juan Balbuena

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Adam Rothberg
Simon & Schuster

About BLK

A subsidiary of Match Group, BLK was introduced in August 2017 and is currently the leading dating and lifestyle app for Black singles. With a goal of helping users find love at its core and over 7 million downloads to-date, BLK has built a community and space where Black love in all its forms and expressions can happen every day. BLK’s mission is simple: bring Black people together to spark meaningful connections.

About Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster, a Paramount Company, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Adams Media, Avid Reader Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at