|screen shot of the panel discussion, as posted at The Brown Bookshelf|
The authors talk about expanding the range of published books featuring characters of color (and, importantly, by authors of color), sensitivity reading, authors speaking up (or not) on social media, reader expectations, and much more. A few stand-out quotes:
Brandy: "I remember the first time I saw the African American section in a bookstore. It was a very strange feeling. Like, yay! But also—why do we have to be shelved in a different section entirely?"
Paula: "Own voices shouldn’t be a fad. My concern is this type of thing becomes a campaign. We have far too much catching up to do for it to be that."
Justina: "There’s a section of the population that wants the media they consume to be from people who uphold their values. Authors are going to have to learn to cocoon themselves or accept being more involved in reader response."
Dhonielle: "Now, it’s times for marginalized and black content creators to get the same roll outs that white women have gotten for decades for their books. Tours, big marketing campaigns. Our books deserve a shot at big audiences."
Read the full panel discussion here:
Find out more about Justina Ireland here.
Learn more about Brandy Colbert here.
Dhonielle Clayton's online site with more on her is here.
And Paula Chase Hyman's website is here.
Thanks to Justina, Brandy, Dhonielle, and Paula for sharing!
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