Alright, Nerds, this is going to be your one stop shop for all the books that will help you better diversify the mystery/thriller section of your bookshelves! I’m not going to lie, I fucking need this too! By no means is this comprehensive, but it’s a fucking good start.
I think we’ve all become aware over the last few weeks that black authors get lower advances, lower marketing and less readership because of it. And I’ve seen the push in the book community to really make a change.
When I was putting together a book stack for Pride Month I realized I have a very white, very straight physical bookshelf. (I’ll get to queer authors in next weeks post.)
The truth is, I was never the kind of reader who gave a second-thought to who was writing the book. If the cover caught my eye and the synopsis sounded like it was up my alley, I’d buy it, borrow it or download it.
While I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with being that kind of reader, it’s also important to realize how book publishing works and why, nine times out of ten, you’re likely to pick up books by white authors.
The only way to create a more equitable bookshelf in this moment in time is to actively seek out that author diversity.
And let’s be honest, if you’re mostly into mystery, thriller and horror genres, book store shelves are not exactly overflowing with anything except white people…and James Patterson (*shakes fist at my arch nemesis*)Continue reading “Booknerd Wednesday: Twenty Black Mystery/Thriller Authors We Should Be Reading!”