alisa alering

Writer of fantasy and other fictions


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Decmber is ‘Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give It to Somebody Not Black’ Month

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!

Carleen Brice, author of Orange, Mint & Honey, has made a video welcoming white folks to the African-American section of your local bookstore.

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:

mj1Incognegro, by Mat  Johnson

slp2Getting Mother’s Body, by Suzan-Lori Parks

sy2Black Girl in Paris, by Shay Youngblood

on my to-read list.

pe Erasure, by Percival Everett would be on there too, except I have already read it. Why haven’t you?

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