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June 2, 2017

Book Diversity and Dining with an Author

by Donna Huber

diverse formats of books
I'm a diverse reader, both in terms of genres and formats I read

Day 3 of Armchair Book Expo is here. In case you have missed my earlier posts: Day 1 was introduction and best practices and Day 2 was what readers want and collaboration. Today's topics are book diversity and dining with an author.
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Book Diversity

A lot has been said over the past few years about increasing diversity in the book world. Has anything been accomplished? Is there more diversity now than there was 5 years ago? I don't know, but perhaps there is more attention to the books that feature diversity.

Staff reviewer Susan recently reviewed A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi which is about an Afghani woman who is charged with her husband's murder.

During last year's Armchair Book Expo, features writer Alison Deluca discussed Native American representation in literature.

One of the great things coming out of the indie book publishing movement is that readers have more access to non-U.S. authors. During the April A to Z Challenge, I featured several non-U.S. authors. While they may still largely feature white European characters, the viewpoints and experiences are often diverse. I've had the pleasure of reading Katie Robison's Windstorm trilogy. It features aboriginal people groups and interweaves native people mythology into the story.

Dining with an Author

I've always hated this type of question. Probably because I know how awkward I would feel. I feel socially awkward around people I know. But several years ago, I attended an Indie Publishing conference in New York City and I did have dinner with a number of authors and book bloggers and it was a blast. I spent the whole weekend with this group and I often wish we could all get together again.

When this question came up in school it was usually meant for you to chose a notable author from the classics of literature. Again, the indie publishing movement has changed my thinking. There are a number of contemporary authors that I would love to have dinner with and I don't think I would feel too awkward as I've interacted with them online and consider them friends even though we've never met in real life.

One would be JB Lynn who writes the comedy series Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman.

The other author I would like to have dinner with is K.B. Hoyle who wrote The Gateway Chronicles. I would have to take my niece along as K.B. is her favorite author. I think she has lost count of how many times she has re-read that series.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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  1. I've decided to skip the dining with an author question. I just don't see myself being at such an event.

    Armchair Book Expo: May Inclusive Reading Report.

  2. I also feel awkward to talk with authors. That's why I proposed to meet with a bunch of authors and let them talk to each other! I'd love to eavesdrop.