It’s The Readers Who’ll Decide, Love…

Dreda Say Mitchell on the apparent demand that black authors write only about black issues:

It’s clear from James’s writing that he’s not just a “writer of colour” either – no black author is.

If he wants to insist on the right of authors of any background to tell the stories they want to tell, in the way they want to tell them, he is unlikely to get an argument from anyone. But it’s important to get the context straight. As things currently stand, black writers are under pressure to be urban rather than suburban. Perhaps Marlon James could help everyone out by using his status to question why that is and what everyone involved in publishing can do about it.

Precious little, love, if non-urban books by black authors don’t sell because the readers don’t like ‘em.

3 comments for “It’s The Readers Who’ll Decide, Love…

  1. mikebravo
    December 17, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I get through at least 1 book a week on my train journey to and from work and I wouldn’t know whether I have read a book by a black author or not.
    Why would I care if the story or content was worth reading. I must be a bigot for not searching out the right stuff.

    • December 18, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Not sure if I can reply to you, Mike as you haven’t cleared your ethnic origins with the OoL Politburo yet.

    • December 20, 2015 at 6:56 am

      I found out – by reading an account on the web of a sci-fi convention – that one of my favourite authors was black. Did it change my appreciation for the books? Not one tiny bit.

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