These links might not necessarily be holiday-related but I tried to keep it postive and include a giveaway :) As the end of the year appraooches faster and faster, I've started to notice quite a few posts from bloggers vowing to diversify their reading. I don't want to showcase those, at least, not this week.
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White Readers Meet Black Authors is having a massive giveaway, lots to choose from, lots of opportunties to win. Ends December 28th. Here's a taste
There's something here for everybody! Literary, fantasy, thriller, Christian, romance, you name it! Check out this list of award-winners, best-sellers and sleeper-gems
Don’t Blame the Devil by Pat G’orge Walker (Christian fiction)
First of State by Robert Greer (mystery)
Glorious by Bernice McFadden (Literary)
Huddle With Me Tonight by Farrah Rochon (Romance)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy)
Bloomsbury Children has two 2010 accurate covers with Black faces
Now when I think of Bloomsbury Childrens my memory is linked to these very good stories, that are far from more of the same. I will never forget the cover controversies but I more than willing to move forward. Earlier in the year, I gave much space to the cover malfunctions. So it only seems fair to acknowledge Bloomsbury's move in the right direction. Well Done
A reminder for people to sign up for the Quirky Brown Reading Challenge 2011
This challenge was inspired by a blog post on New Model Minority. The post talked about the hyper-marginalization of Black fiction and included a short but intriguing list of books. That list, or at least the authors on it, were begging to be part of a reading challenge. So, I bring you the Quirky Brown Reading Challenge. This challenge is more than about finishing a certain number of books, but about challenging the overly subscribed to depictions of the so-called “Black experience”. I hope participants also discover some of our lesser known contributions to American literature
We are in steampunk! We still have a long way to go but here's a few titles to get you started
First, from Tor.com's recent Steampunk Fortnight, it's "Clockwork Fairies" by Cat Rambo, and while it does operate solely within the confines of traditional Victoriana, it has a happy little twist at the end. And here's a hopeful tale from steampunk Malaysia -- from Crossed Genres. It's called "The Last Rickshaw", by Stephanie Lai. Finally, Jaymee Goh imagines a world that never knew the East India Company, or the British Empire (Oh, what a different world that would be) in "Between Islands" from Expanded Horizons. Enjoy the awesome
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