Kimberly Jones

Her viral video breaks down 400 years of Black economic inequality in under 7 minutes.

Kimberly Jones is a former bookseller that now hosts the Atlanta Chapter of the popular Well Read Black Girl book club, as well as the infamous, viral sensation the YA Truth or Dare author panel at the Decatur Book Festival. She has worked in film and television with trailblazing figures such as Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG. Currently, in addition to writing YA novels, she is a director of feature films and cutting-edge diverse web series. She also regularly lectures on working and succeeding in the Atlanta film market.

Kim’s book roots run deep. She served on the Selection Committee for Library of Congress’ 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the 2015 Children’s Choice Illustrator Committee for The Children’s Book Council, and the advisory board that created the Creative and Innovative Education Master’s Degree program at Georgia State University. She has been featured in Redbook, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and was Book Brahmin in an issue of Shelf Awareness. James Patterson and the American Booksellers Association chose her out of over 3,000 booksellers to receive a bonus for her outstanding work as an indie bookseller.

She resides in Atlanta and is the proud mother of a gifted boy. She lives for synthetic wigs and nail art, as her style icons are Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, and Diana Ross. Her  YA novel, I’m Not Dying with You Tonight, co-authored with Gilly Segal, was released on Sourcebooks Fire in August 2019.


BBC News

Black Lives Matter: ‘How can we win?’ Monopoly analogy explained

CNN Newsroom

“I find it completely ridiculous that people can’t wrap their head around the idea that you do not get to be judge, jury, and executioner in the streets of American citizens.”


‘I’m Not Dying With Your Tonight’ authors discuss 2015 Baltimore Riots

Publisher’s Weekly

YA Author Kimberly Jones’s Video on Racism Goes Viral


Kimberly Jones says her powerful, eye-opening speech about the plight of black people in America came from feeling broken and hopeless — but says it’s exactly what everyone needs to hear.

Kimberly Jones: Atlanta Author, Director And Screenwriter Goes Viral with Video About Looting During Protests