The bookternet has been abuzz for the last few days since Book Con announced it’s line up of guests for 2014. Grumpy Cat aside, the list is appallingly white. In spite of the multiple conversations taking place in the public sphere about diversity in publishing, BookCon stuck to the same old theme.
Allison over at The Book Wheel raised some interesting points by suggesting that perhaps Book Con isn’t the problem. Their event is consumer driven, she argues, so maybe it is the reader who is to blame. We are the ones who are overwhelmingly supporting white, male writers, at least if you look at the best sellers lists.
That made me consider my own reading habits. If you were to ask me, I’d say that I read diversely. But then looking at the past few months I realized that my reading has been very pale to almost purely white. That led me to come up with this list of my favorite recent books by people of color in hopes that some of you will give them a try. And rest assured that the next book I pick up will reflect some diversity.
- Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- The Juggler’s Children by Carolyn Abraham
- The After Life of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan
- Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
- Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
- The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai
- Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui
- The Isolation Door by Anish Majumdar
- Foreign Gods Inc by Okey Ndibe
What books are you reading to add diversity to your shelves? Is it enough?