Thursday, May 1, 2014

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and How You Can Help

I think I'm preaching to the choir here, but at the eleventh hour and with so much support streaming, I think it's worth it to put this here and let you do as you will with it!

(I'm taking a page from Ilene Gregorio's book and copying off Aisha Saeed here - thanks, Aisha!)

I’m honored to be part of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign. It begins tomorrow, May 1st and ends May 3rd but the conversations have already begun with an overwhelming outpouring of support from publishers, agents, and authors like Veronica Roth, Laurie Halse Andersen, LeVar Burton, John Green, and so many many more, but most importantly, an outpouring of support from the public who desperately wants more diverse books. It’s a reminder we need diverse books and that there is an audience for books like these.

Does diversity matter to you? Do you want to read about people that represent a myriad of viewpoints and perspectives and backgrounds? Then Please Join Us!

For a basic understanding of how this came to be and the important dates, please read here.

To follow along on tumblr where we’re answering questions as they come up please check here.

To RSVP on FB for a reminder and to spread the word to your friends please do so here.
To join the conversation on twitter that started early and shows no sign of stopping check out the hashtag: #WeNeedDiverseBooks and follow the campaign at our twitter handle here.

Send in your pictures. Share your thoughts. Spread the word. Join the movement. We need diverse voices represented in our beautiful diverse nation and this campaign gives hope for exactly more of that.

There is not much more I can add to this, except that I am so proud to be part of this initiative. I am proud of the attention it's gotten, to the point that we started getting a buzz behind it two days ahead of schedule. 

In lieu of the fact that this campaign has been taking up all of my time and energy, the Diversify! initiative and my new review schedule will be moved to next week. 

Diverse books are needed. And now, there are hundreds of voices chiming in to express this need. Be part of it. Let's make it happen!


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