I love when things like this go viral.
If you haven’t been paying attention to your Twitter trends, let me alert to one close to my heart:
I think from my previous post, you can all tell how I feel about this topic. It feels good to know that others in the industry feel the same. In an effort to draw attention to the lack of diversity in what traditional publishing is putting on our bookshelves, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign began. It officially kicked-off May 1st, though I’d been seeing tweets about it for a few days beforehand.
Here are just a couple of my favorites:
Seriously, though. It’s fucking 2014, and we still haven’t gotten it right. #WeNeedDiverseBooks
— Gordon Warnock (@gordonwarnock) May 1, 2014
#WeNeedDiverseBooks because every child needs to know she has the ability and the opportunity to tell her own story & people will listen
— Jen S Doktorski (@jdoktorski) May 1, 2014
— emily m. danforth (@emdanforth) May 1, 2014
The campaign will officially draw to a close today with the “Diversify Your Shelves” initiative to, as Salon writer Prachi Gupta writes, “encourage people to put their money where their mouth is and buy diverse books and take photos of them.”
As my own small contribution to the cause, here is a small list of authors of color I absolutely adore. Go out and buy their books. And then recommend some of your favorites to me.
Ms. Smith is for the lover of romance and romantic suspense. Be sure to read everything in her Wolfpack series. If you want something a little hotter, pick up the books about the Brand twins, whom she describes are Idris Elba look-alikes.
I don’t think any bookshelf is complete without adding Ms. McFadden. Her books are not light fare. You’ll get stories of struggle and triumph over adversity, racism, sexism… Her works speak to the fighting spirit in us all. Read Sugar and This Bitter Earth to start with.
Ms. Jenkins will give you romance, humor, and historical fiction all in the same pages of one book. For more contemporary stories, with a little history thrown in, read the Blessings Series. Then pick up one of her many historical romances.
For the full Salon article, click here. Happy reading! Until next time…