Monday, May 5, 2014

Diversity in Fantasy - I'll show you mine , you show me yours!

You may have noticed #WeNeedDiverseBooks on twitter starting May 1st and extending to May 3rd.
It was the top trending hashtag and in no small part due to our very own Ellen Oh, with Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon! You can read much more on the background and why it is so important to us, as a community of writers for children here:  Publishers Weekly - Diversity campaign goes viral

So we're very proud to say there were over 107,000 tweets and retweets during the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.And you can see much more about it here: What does the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Tweet archive tell us? and even get a link to the Best Tumblr feeds

Here's the most retweeted post, which came with this heading from Gayle Forman.

The reason : So both my daughters can see themselves—and each other—in books.

So today we're throwing open our virtual fantasy library and sharing our favorite diverse fantasy books and we'd like you to share yours as well!

Here are some of my favorites:
Notice how three are by Enchanted Inkpot authors?

Okay, so now on this gorgeous Cinco de Mayo day - we're asking, what are your favorite diverse books in fantasy?


  1. So proud of our Inkies for bringing this issue so successfully into the limelight.

  2. so much to choose from: Pantomime by Laura Lam, Adaptation and Huntress by Malinda Lo, The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor and Wild Seed by Octavia Butler to start.

  3. If I had to choose books *other* than the ones I publish--which is silly; you should all read ALL the books I publish!!--I'd go with:

    The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
    Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
    Ellen Oh's Prophecy books
    Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

    For science fiction:

    Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
    Dangerous by Shannon Hale
    The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

  4. You have some of my favorites there! Plus thinking of Sarwat Chadda, you reminded me of his excellent middle grade fantasy thrillers, 'The Savage Fortress' and 'The City of Death.'

  5. This isn't fantasy--it's SF--and it's not always what most people mean by diversity, but Elizabeth
    Moon's Remnant Population features an old woman as the heroine--and old people are one group almost never represented as fictional protagonists.

  6. My new YA urban fantasy, Contact (June - Hallowed Ink Press) features mostly Latino characters. My kids are half hispanic and I wanted them to see themselves reflected in my books.

  7. One of my favorite books is Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea and the sequels. The main character, Ged, has reddish brown skin and most of the characters in the books are people of color. Sadly, when a miniseries was made all of that was changed.


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