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Racism in Publishing

As some know, books by African American authors, regardless of genre, are often placed in the African American section of the bookstore. Part of the reason is that there is a built in audience of African American readers who want books by AA authors easy to find. Part of the reason smacks of 1960s segregation. Karen Scott is running a series of author interviews regarding race and publishing which is worth reading, just for the varying viewpoints.

An African American author shouldn’t have his or her audience limited by race. Put the authors according to the genre so that all readers can be exposed to fresh voices and finding books isn’t complicated by visiting the various continents in this bookstore. Okay, now kids, overhere we have the Asian continent where you will find books on Soduku and Kung Fu.

Edited to Add: Because some commenters can’t behave civilly, I am moderating the comments and if I believe (because I get to be the moderator) that the post is in anyway an ad hominem attack, the post gets edited, deleted and I may even ban the commenter.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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