“What is a diverse book?”
The answer to that very important question
Hello, fellow book junkies! See that collage of books up there? Those are the diverse books I read in 2016. As I reflect on this topic, two key things come to mind :
#1 What exactly is a diverse book?
My friend Naz at Read Diverse Books explores this topic well in his post here, where defines diverse books as those which “represent the variety of voices traditionally marginalized and underrepresented in the (Western) publishing industry.” Elsewhere on the ‘net I ran across a definition of diverse books as including those that are written by authors from minority backgrounds.
#2 I must read more diverse books! During the course of the past year, I thought I had read many more diverse books, but as I reviewed the list, I was surprised that only 12% of them qualified books as written by minority authors and/or representing marginalized voices. I love fiction that…
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