Simon & Schuster's Gallery Book Group has announced the launch of 13A, a new imprint dedicated to "publishing renowned, relevant, Black voices in culture and politics.​" Charles M. Suitt will serve as publisher.

The name 13A refers to the Constitutional amendment that abolished slavery. The imprint will publish its first book in July with the release of a revised edition of Patti LaBelle’s cookbook,  LaBelle Cuisine. In 2022, the imprint will publish a collection of autobiographical essays by ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith; a cookbook from chef Aisha  “Pinky”  Cole, (known as the Slutty Vegan); and a memoir by former NBA star Allen Iverson.

Suitt previously served as co-founder of Karen Hunter Books, which became a S&S division in 2008, and published numerous bestsellers, including Janet Jackson’s True You;  Patti LaBelle’s  Recipes for the Good  Life; Congressman Keith Ellison’s  My Country, Tis of Thee; Kris Jenner’s, Kris Jenner... and All Things Kardashian; and  E.  Lynn Harris’  Mama Dearest.

“I'm pleased to add 13A under the Gallery Books Group. Charles Suitt is a born book publisher—he has great taste, great connections, and great enthusiasm,” said Jennifer Bergstrom, senior v-p and publisher of Gallery Books.