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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I’m a bit too late to join this event but I think it deserves all the attention and praise it can get. Aarti of Booklust blog had posted about the initial announcement over on her blog in late August and these were the pertinent points highlighted in regards to the inception of this tour:
“I've spoken on this blog (and in other forums) about the lack of diversity in fantasy fiction, particularly fantasy fiction of the epic nature. If epic fantasy has diversity, it is often present in a fashion that mirrors the stereotypes of Medieval Europe, with Viking-like invaders from the North and Infidels from the East and uneasy peaces and petty wars with those that look most like the heroes of the stories. This is unfair for many reasons that I hope I don't need to enumerate here. And of course, there are absolutely amazing authors whose books are populated by characters of every size, shape, color, and species.”
“But it's still difficult and frustrating to be a fantasy reader who comes up against the same tropes in every book. Because while fantasy novels can be, well, fantastic, they can also be very repetitive and tell the same story with different character names. And I can't help but think that at least part of the reason is because of the lack of diversity in fantasy book authorship. Because it is hard to break into the fantasy genre as a new author, generally. And even more difficult if your book is about a person of color. And most difficult of all if you yourself are a person of color writing stories about characters of color.”
“And so a small group of bloggers got together to create an event to fight this. And, as bloggers do, we decided to organize a blog tour. For one week in September (the week of the 23rd), we want ALL OF YOU fantasy/sci fi/magical realism readers (with blogs and without) to read a fantasy/sci fi/magical realism novel written by a person of color. And to write a review of that book! You know as well as I do that books succeed based on word of mouth and mentions and conversation, and this is where bloggers can help the MOST. Just read one book. And share your thoughts on that one book.”
There’s a lot more to it and the details in regards to what constitutes a piece written by an author of color as well as a “recommended reading list – People of Color in Fantasy literature” and much more can be found in that post (scroll all the way down). I thought this to be an initiative that’s worth highlighting and it has already begun with the schedule being posted over on Aarti’s blog:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
7] Mikel @ Untitled United - The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, by Ted Chiang AND Lucretia and the Krooms, by Victor LaVelle
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH
1] Marg @ The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader - The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf,by Ambelin Kwaymullina
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH
12] Tracey - TBD
16] Jen @ The Mixstation - Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
17] Jenny @ Jenny's Books - Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
17] Jenny @ Jenny's Books - Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
1] Jessica @ Nisaba Be Praised
2] Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm - Fledging by Octavia Butler
3] Jeanne @ Necromancy Never Pays, Babel - 17, by Samuel R. Delaney
4] Fence @ Susan Hated Literature - TBD
5] Kelsey - Kindred, by Octavia Butler
6] Shan @ Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea - TBD
7] Sabrina @ Following the Lede - TBD
8] Sandstone @ Reflections Without a Mirror - The Fall of the Towers, by Samuel Delaney
9] Terri @ BrownGirl BookSpeak - Fire Baptized, by Kenya Wright
10] Jae @ Book Nympho - TBD
11] Joanna @ Create Your World - White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi
12] Kit @ orphans and animals - Huntress, by Malinda Lo
13] Vicki @ I’d Rather be Reading at the Beach - A Wish Before Dying, by Zetta Elliot
14] Rachel @ Resistance is Futile - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
15] Sharon @ Library Hungry - My Soul to Keep, by Tananarive Due
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
1] Shivanee @ Novel Niche - Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord
2] Andi @ Estella’s Revenge/The Estella Society - TBD
3] Memory @ Stella Matutina - The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jeminsin
4] Vasilly @ 1330v - TBD
5] Lisa @ Starmetal Oak Reviews - Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
6] Susanna @ SusieBookworm - Field of Honor, by D.L. Birchfield
7] Amber @ A Morose Bookshelf - Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
8] Laura @ Ruby Bastille - TBD
9] Stacy @ The Novel Life - TBD
10] Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness - TBD
11] Cathy @ Cathy Ostlere’s Blog - The Night Wanderer, by Drew Haydon Taylor
12] Elizabeth @ As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves - When Fox Was a Thousand, by Larissa Lao
13] Lambert @ L. Lambert Lawson - Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor
14] Akila @ The Englishist - The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton
15] Alpa @ 1 More Page Please - TBD
16] Micah @ Hypocritical Hyperbole - TBD
17] Amy @ Amy Reads - Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
18] Rachel @ Resistance is Futile - Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
19] Sudha @ BookLust - Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
1] Sheila @ Book Journey - 47, by Walter Mosley
2] Jodie @ Book Gazing - Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord
3] Rachel @ Resistance is futile - Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith, by Gina B. Nahai
4] Sharikquh @ Kesabaran - TBD
5] Alex @ Randomly Reading - Huntress, by Malinda Lo
6] Laura @ Bunny Tales: A ShabbyRabbit Book Blog - TBD
7] Starr @ The Literati Press - Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler
8] Bellezza @ Dolce Bellezza - Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe
9] Shelley - TBD
10] Dennis @ Dennis R. Upkins: The Official Website - TBD
11] Alpa @ 1 More Page Please - TBD
This list will be updated daily and so please check back on to the original scheduling page to see the most up-to-date nature of the blog tour. I would like to thank Aarti and all other bloggers for organizing this event and for all the time and hard work they put in for successfully running it. Lastly since I wasn't able to participate in this event, I’ll still be trying to review a book that fits under the canopy of this blog tour. As luck would have it, I recently read a great debut that I believe, fits the billing perfectly so look out for the review of GOVINDA by Krishna Udayasankar on the 3rd of October.
NOTE: Both pictures courtesy of Booklust blog and A More Diverse Universe Blog Tour.
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