I couldn’t believe it when I ran across this video and blog the day after researching my posts about how we all need to make the effort to stop reading so white. The astral plane whirls in my favor!
She makes the very good point that many non-black readers of black fiction only read authors already elevated to ‘classic’ status – Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, etc. To help you out with finding contemporary black authors, she’s got a blog, Welcome Whitefolks.
I’ve already put:
Incognegro, by Mat Johnson
Getting Mother’s Body, by Suzan-Lori Parks
Black Girl in Paris, by Shay Youngblood
on my to-read list.
Erasure, by Percival Everett would be on there too, except I have already read it. Why haven’t you?