Community, have you read any of the backlash about Publishers Weekly's Top 10 for 2009? At She Writes, there's been quite a stir. There's no women in the top ten though a few are mentioned in other categories. Even if you haven't read the list, most of us here wouldn't be surprised by the absence of color.
Of course I asked where was the shared outrage over the absence of women of color. Kamy, one of the co-founders not only read my multiple posts to different responses, but she in turn asked me to share a list of women of color who published in 2009 who rightly deserve to be recognized.
I read mostly YA and I don't normally read new releases. Ego aside, I want to get this right. She Writes has a huge membership so I am calling on you to help me submit a solid list. Share with me your picks for women of color who had works published in 2009. Most of the top 10 are literary works.
The Other Side of Paradise by Stacy Ann Chin
The Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
Stealing Buddha's Dinner: a memoir by Bich Ming Nguyen
The Weight of Heaven: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Secret Son by Laila Lalami