The book is published by One World imprint of Random House. The editor-in-chief of the imprint is Coates's long-time editor Chris Jackson, who's also edited works by Bryan Stevenson and Jay-Z, among many others.
According to Random House, We Were Eight Years in Power consists of "A sweeping collection of new and selected essays on the Obama era." The description goes on to note that "“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Now Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time."
What follows is the pre-publication coverage concerning Coates's new book.
• August 9: Link to tour schedule - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Twitter
• August 9: ON SALE NOW: @tanehisicoates presents - Greenlight Bookstore - Twitter
• August 8: Join us for the DC launch of Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book - Sanfoka Cafe - Twitter
• August 1: Galleys today - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Twitter
• July 29: Marking up proofs of We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Twitter
• July 28: The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2017 - Publishers Weekly• July 24: First page of We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Twitter
• June 12: Ta-Nehisi Coates Announces New Book - Oliver Craighead - The Fader
• June 12: Coates unveils cover for Obama-era book We Were Eight Years in Power - Oliver Gettell -EW
• June 12: "I got some many theories and suspicions" - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Twitter
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