Speculative fiction by diverse authors and featuring a diverse cast of characters are on the rise. Every time I see a heads-up about a new book cover, I think, "YAAAAY!" Every time I realize that it's not for a YA book I sigh. I am so pleased that there are people like Tu Publishing and Lee & Low making it their business to provide YA and children's lit with a diverse speculative fiction population. But it's a little depressing that the commitment thus far seems to be so small.
Especially after reading Coe Booth's somewhat depressing post on the Children's Book Council "It's Complicated" discussion about the ghettoization of YA lit, and how "separate and not really equal" is the name of the game, I'm most anxious to look harder for more books with brown-skinned characters. (Some people say "brown and black," but I have a lamentably literal and childlike mind. People of color, to me, are brown; diversity must also include LBGTQ in varishades.) Maybe if enough books are highlighted, they'll move books with brown-skinned people on the covers out of the Black History/Urban Lit area on the back of the shelf, and mix freely with the others in the main part of the bookstore...
Please go and sign up for the A More Diverse Universe Blog Tour, September 23 - 29. And if you need some hints on what books to read, or where to find new ones, or works of short fiction, poke around on the BookLust page. DO IT NOW. The Universe thanks you.
Read diversely, diverse people. Happy Weekend.