~ So many discussions this week about the latest white-washing disaster at Bloomsbury and the issue of racism in publishing in a broader sense. I have read many beautifully written and eloquent posts on the matter – written by bloggers who say it much better than I ever could. Be sure and check out the posts from Eva, Bookshelves of Doom, Vasilly, Doret, Susan, Amy, The Book Smugglers, Rebecca, and Salon.com. Bloomsbury has since released a very brief statement that they will be changing the cover. Let’s hope that this is the last time this comes up from this particular publisher. But just because Bloomsbury is trying to fix their “mistake,” don’t skip the posts I just linked to. They all have important things to say about diversity issues, things that we should be reading and hearing and understanding.
Reviews that have me adding to my to-read list:
~ Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, reviewed at Rhapsody in Books.
~ Genesis by Bernard Beckett, reviewed at Beth Fish Reads.
~ Small Wars by Sadie Jones, reviewed at S. Krishna’s Books.
~ The Espressologist by Kristina Springer, reviewed at One Literature Nut.
~ The Clover, Bee, and Reverie Poetry Challenge is really tempting me…..
~ And here’s another one I will definitely be joining: the Persons of Color Reading Challenge. And be sure and check out the interview there with author Claudia Mair Burney about the issue of diversity in publishing.
~ Win The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran at Lost in Books.