Black Writers, Non-Black Readers


It is technically no longer what Carleen Brice calls “National Buy a Book By A Black Author and Give it to Somebody Not Black Month,” but Black History Month seems as good a time as any to link to her most recent blog post about it.

Brice came up with the idea in 2008, after becoming frustrated that “publishers would promote a book with black characters written by a white author to all readers, but a book with black characters written by a black author would be promoted to black readers with the hopes that it would ‘cross over.'”

The post includes an amazing low-budget, tongue-in-cheek video as a multiracial invitation to the African American section of the bookstore. (It apparently contains shelves and books made of paper, just like the rest of the sections!)

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →