Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.
I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…
Favorite books by authors of color
I love that we’re trying to recognize authors of color! And it’s Black History month, so a great time to recognize them. I just suck at knowing if my authors are White, Black, Indian, Native American, etc. And on one hand, I feel like that’s a good thing, I shouldn’t be picking out books based on the color of the author’s skin. BUT, celebrating authors of color is a socially responsible thing to do and I need to do better at it.
On the other hand, as a person of color, I know that there is no such thing as color blind. I also know that being raised by a black father and white mother, at a time where it was very unusual to be mixed, had a huge impact on my racial identity. I’ve never been black enough for the black community and certainly not white enough for the white community. So for me, this question is incredibly charged and makes me dig deep into my own very stressed racial identity.
And I won’t say that I’m shocked that after spending some time looking up authors of color that I struggled to find any that I’ve enjoyed. Because of the above, characters and communities of color can be difficult for me to read. And then I have to ask, why don’t I have that same problem with white characters/communities? I don’t know, I’m sure that’s one for me to discuss with my therapist.
All that to say, here are the only authors of color that I’ve both read and enjoyed (that I know of, at least):
- Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- Tahereh Mafi – Shatter Me series