I've been working at a bookstore so long, looking at displays at other bookstores and libraries is second nature. When I was at the library about two months back I was very happy to see Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich, debut middle grade novel Eighth-Grade Superzero on display. It's a great book, and I was excited to see that my local library added it to their collection, especially since all libraries are hurting financially. Not only do they have it but it was there for everyone to see. When a patron (I believe that's what library users are called) walks in, it doesn't matter if they haven't heard of Eighth Grade Superzero because its there waiting to be picked up and glanced at. I took the long way but I've finally getting to the point. Books on display. Its so important for books to be featured throughout bookstores. Books that stay in section do not sell. Customers can't browse book spines. I have seen some nice ones but I have yet to hear anyone say "the book spine was so beautiful, I had to buy it"
When in other bookstores or libraries one of the many things I notice is how many books by authors of color do they have on display in the store, especially in the front. I've actually been checking for Black authors since high school. Back then it was a question of how far back do I have to go before I hit Baldwin, Morrison , Shange or Wright. Now, since I've broaden my reading I do it for everyone.
The next time you go to the bookstore take a moment to notice what is and isn't on display. How many female authors of color do you see? You can take it a spent further, how many of these authors aren't well known? Please comeback and tell us what you noticed.