“ Which brings me to a sad, but true, story. Which might explain why these books sometimes, sometimes, don’t get into your hands. Because no-one tells you about them.
When Ash was first launched here in the UK, I went to a ‘meet and greet’ with a large selection of booksellers. Now these were invited to HarperCollins HQ, so were the chosen few.
I waltzed around the room, telling them how excited I was that Ash was coming out, how it delved into mythology, history and just EPIC heroicness.
Then I met a bookseller who nodded politely then said:
“I can’t see the point stocking it. We’ve no Indians in our town.”
Well, I doubt she had any hobbits either but I bet she sold a few copies of The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings in her shop. ”
Um I don't know off y'all take suggestions or not but if you do I highly recommend Girl Overboard. It was one of my all time favorites when I was younger it talks a lot about Chinese culture and the importance of staying true to yourself. I honestly don't even know if it would count as a diverse enough book but it is amazing none the less
In your post about diversity in writing; you wrote that not including POC is bad, but there are areas without POC. I still remember the surprised feel when I saw a person that wasn't pale like milk the first time in my life. I was already close to puberty. (Family was poor, so no travels abroad.) Writing about my home, my childhood or similar things would feel unnatural for me to have POC in them. I don't know how to feel about this, since I don't want them to feel left out.
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