Author Carleen Brice's sometimes serious sometimes lighthearted plea for EVERYONE to give black authors a try.
When I posted my results, I was surprised to discover that although 10 of the 52 books I've read this year (19%) were by people of color, I knew the authors of all but one of them. Clearly I need to keep reading this blog to find new books.
I'm a dork, so I have the lists of books handy enough to pop into a spreadsheet:2008Total books read: 64Written by men: 40Written by women: 24Written by Asians: 2Written by African Americans: 4Written by White Americans: 43Written by Europeans: 13Written by Middle Eastern: 1Collection of multiple: 12007Total books read: 47Written by men: 31Written by women: 16Written by Asians: 0Written by African Americans: 2Written by White Americans: 34Written by Europeans: 10Written by Middle Eastern: 1I’m a little surprised that the number of books I’ve read by non-white American authors is as low as it is and I realized that I do have quite a few other books I’ve purchased, but not read yet; however, I did start reading THE FALL OF ROME, by Martha Southgate last night. Very good so far.
Good for you both for reading ANY! And really, really good on you for wanting to expand your lists! See publishers: let them know about the books and they'll read them!
I am too disorganized to know how many books I have read, or what the author's demographic is. I can tell you what I read and liked, though.My favorite book of 08 is Creative Living, by MLK Jr.I will ring in 09 reading Song Yet Sung. The first sentence hooked me. Thanks for the tip!I have given Orange Mint and Honey to three nonblack people so far.
Most of the time I don't really think about what color someone is when I read their book. However, I pick up Hispanic authors fairly often because I have a minor in Spanish and teach at a school with a high Hispanic population. One of the genres that each of my 7th graders MUST read each year is what I call "multi-cultural." I tell the kids they must choose a novel about someone who hasn't got the same ethnic background they do. Most of the kids choose books ABOUT African-Americans or Native Americans because, quite frankly, we don't have many students from either group. I've never checked to see if ALL the books about Black kids are by Black authors -- I rather hope so.Having done my MSc in Scotland, I tend to read a lot of books by Scottish authors, who are considered a minority in the UK lit world.Thanks to this blog, I will now make more conscious choices of Black authors.I promise to let you know if I review a book by a Black author on my blog! :)
I read Clarence Thomas's autobiography which was spectacular. I checked out a dusty old book of Zora Neale Hurston's (Their Eyes Were Watching God) that contained a collection of her short stories. Great stuff.
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