{diversity in lit} friday #07: (re)sources

Incisione su plexiglass{by Natascia Ugliano}

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, as well as ome reviews of div/lit fiction for the grown-up shelf as I encounter them through the week. 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. Do feel free to share your favorite resources in comments, I will share them in future Friday posts.


–Farm Lane Books’  Jackie reviews Cold Skin by Albert Sánchez Piñol (transl. from Catalan by Cheryl Leah Morgan): “a beautifully creepy read, with a gripping plot that raises interesting questions about humanity.

“Cold Skin begins with a young man taking up the position of weather observer on an island in the Antarctic Circle. He is left in this desolate environment for a year, with only the lighthouse keeper for company. This blurb led me to believe I’d be reading a quiet book about freezing temperatures and loneliness so I was shocked to discover that it is really a battle for survival involving giant humanoid toads!”

iraqi christDolce Bellezza hosts Jaqui’s review of The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim (transk, from Arabic by Jonathan Wright) (Comma Press 2013) “This collection of fourteen short stories gives us a striking insight into the traumas and turmoil that penetrate the lives of Iraqis. […] The stories vary in their approach and tone; some of the tighter, more focused narratives worked particularly well for me, while others I found a little meandering at times. […] And yet, like many of the books I’ve read from the IFFP long list, this one took me to a different place, another world.”

Rich in Color reviews Justina Ireland’s Promise of Shadows a YA Fantasy from Simon & Schuster (2014) : “The immature, petty behavior of the pompous Greek gods and goddesses is the highlight of the book and pretty hilarious. […] Both the world-building and the background history in Promise of Shadows are fascinating enough that I would love to read a prequel. If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, Promise of Shadows is definitely a must-read!”

Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate. —goodreads

caminar–Kelly for Guys Lit Wire reviews Caminar by Skila Brown (Candlewick 2014)–a novel in verse: “A fictional account, Caminar is astonishing for how clearly it conveys the thoughts, emotions, and experiences of a boy rapidly transitioning to manhood in a time of war, as well as establishing what the culture of Guatemala was like at that time, both in the villages when they were less affected, and when they were decimated by the army. A powerful read, it moves extremely quickly thanks to the way the poems are written and organized, swiftly moving the reader through jungle and skirmish, and packing an emotional punch that might be harder to pull off in prose.”

–Latin@s in Kids Lit interviews the aforementioned Skila Brown. “I approached this with a lot of research, a goal of authenticity, and a strong dose of humility. I had multiple people vet my story and offer suggestions. I thought hard about stereotypes and language and how best to portray the story with the most respect I could give it. I also tried to balance the “otherness” of Carlos with what will connect him to a reader today, what makes him the same as a twelve year old boy, reading this story in Chicago, for example. As adults we tend to notice the differences in characters and cultures, but kids are great about finding what’s the same and really connecting to the character. I hope they are able to do that with Carlos.”

————Book/& Lists———–

Sophisticated Dorkiness hosts these two lists of possible interest: “12 Excellent True Stories by Authors of Color” and “12 Excellent Memoirs by Authors of Color

Rich in Color: shares some “Novels in Verse”


A guest post by Celeste Lim at CBC Diversity called “White with Envy” “Even as a child, I knew the children in the books I read were different from me and everyone around me. To me, these stories probably read more like high fantasy – the characters lived in a world that resembled next to nothing in mine!”

Cynsations shares a fantastic guest post by Joseph Bruchac on “You Don’t Look Indian” “Native people have had to deal for decades with stereotyping. Thanks to mass media, it seems as if every non-Native person from the 19th century to today has an idea of what a “real” Indian looks like.”

Zoraida Córdova at Latin@s in Kid LitWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Diversity in YA” “Brace yourselves. Here’s another blog post on the lack of diversity in YA. When we bring up these topics the common words I see are FEAR, UNCOMFORTABLE, GUILT.  If a white person brings up the subject then, “who are they to talk about it?” If a POC does it, we’ll be seen as abunch of angry people. So, Catch 22. I get it. Writing these posts is HARD, but they should be written. Recently one of my favorite authors ever, Jenny Han, tweeted about diversity in YA. The thing is, we need to feel uncomfortable, and like Jenny said, ‘that’s the risk.'”




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