{diversity in lit} Friday #04: (re)sources


Lucidity by Kenton Nelson

ADDING: an IMAGE. and some reviews of div/lit fiction for the GROWN-UPS shelf as I encounter them through the week. Just thought to do this yesterday, so I know I missed a few from blogs I already follow. Anyway:  IF YOU posted a review or interview that should interest adult readers featuring an author or protagonist of the oft marginalized due to color, sexual orientation, sex/gender, ability, etc. since last Friday, please share in comments.


There are some brilliant blogs and challenges out there that provide lists, reviews, or linking hubs for reviews regarding Diversity in Literature. I am going to list & link a few resources every Friday.

These are only a few of what I’ve found so far, but do feel free to share your favorite resources in comments, I will share them in future Friday posts

Book Reviews & Author/artist Interviews:

Boston Bibliophile reviews:   The Guest Cat, by Takashi Hiraide (New Directions 2014) | “a poetic, short read about a couple living in a rented Tokyo house who become attached to a neighbor’s cat. […] Cat lovers are the obvious audience for the book but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little down tine with a book that often reads like a poem to nature, solitude and the life of the mind.”–Marie

–Guitless Reading begins one: Joy Kagawa’s Obasan. (Anchor Books, 1993) “A powerful and passionate novel, Obasan tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved five-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life.”–publisher’s comments

–and reviews anotherSilk Armor by Claire Sydenham (Old Harbour Press 2013)| “Her name is Didem, a young Turkish university student. Though she has left her veil behind in the provincial village she grew up in, she is still watched over closely by her father and certain friends. But when she meets Victor, an American instructor at the university, and they fall in love, Didem is propelled into an entirely new and dangerous future.” publisher’s synopsis.

“This one blind-sided me. Based on the synopsis, I thought I was in for a cross-cultural romance. But this is so much better … a book with depth, with sensitive and non-judgmental characterizations, and an insightful look into women’s self-identity behind (or without) the veil.[…] I highly recommend this for those who enjoy multicultural stories and those who are looking for a better understanding of the pressures modern women face within traditional cultures. “–guiltless reader aka Aloi

–In a post titled “Black Women Create Comics, Too!” Zetta Elliott speaks with Juliana “Jewels” Smith, creator of (H)afrocentric. 

–oh, & my post on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck. “reads like I am sitting down with a storyteller who is merely intent on relating something about someone they know. I found myself disarmed. The subjects are not easy, but the reading is and its enjoyment is effortless.”–L

DiL re_sourcesBlogs & Tumblrs:

Mocha Girls Read: Online and In-Person Book Club is a “monthly book club based in the Los Angeles area.  We are a group of black women who love to read, want to read more and meet like-minded women.  The books we read range from fiction, self-help, historical romance, best sellers, good ol’ short stories and basically anything we can get our hands on.  Mocha Girls Read brings black women in the community together to read great literature, online and in person chit chatting about the monthly selection and a whole lot more.” They’ve a library, newsletter, etc.

Mitali Perkins’ blog “ a safe place to think, chat and read about life between cultures.”  her bookshelf of interviews and book lists

Challenges & Articles & more Lists:

The Brown Bookshelf: For Black History Month: is hosting “Twenty-Eight Days Later”  “Presenting 28 of the best and brightest of youth literature creators.” 

–Stacy Whitman’s  GrimoireMulticultural SFF Booklist

–“If you or someone you know who has special needs and feel unrepresented, or under-represented, in science fiction and fantasy literature, please direct them to this great post (and have the read Sarah Chorn’s posts linked within).”Carl V. (via Facebook)   “Special Needs in Strange Worlds Reading” Sci-Fi Fan Letter

–Melinda Lo on Diversity in YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults: Updated for 2014” at Diversity in YA : “Last fall, I wrote about the diversity in the Best Fiction for Young Adults lists, which are issued annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. These lists are often used for collection development and can be very helpful in boosting awareness of a book. Because the 2014 BFYA list was released last month, I thought I’d update my analysis with this year’s data.”

–Zetta Elliot interviewed on a short television segment about Diversity in Children’s Lit. It is really good: check it out! 

–Children’s Book Council (CBC): “CCBC Releases Stats on the Number of Diverse Children’s Books Published in 2013” “Out of the 3,200 titles examined in 2013, it was found that only 93 books had significant African or African American content, 58 books presented substantial Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content, 57 books spotlighted Latino content, and 33 books contained topics related to American Indians.”

–Wall Street Journal’s Christopher John Farley looks at “The Lost Boys and Girls of Literature” “This year’s CCBC survey found that representation in children’s literature was similarly weak for Asians and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and Native Americans. For example, just 1.8 % of the kids books surveyed had Latino themes and only 1.5 % were by Latino authors or illustrators.The numbers have shown almost no signs of improvement since the CCBC began tracking such things in 1985.”


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