In our December e-news, we took a look at how 2011 has played out in terms of diversity with a few events of note:
Good: We started Tu Books! Which means more diversity in science fiction, fantasy, and mystery.
Authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo organized the Diversity in YA tour and website to highlight diverse books and authors, and got a terrific response from readers.
This year’s KidLit Con conference for children’s book bloggers included a panel on diversity. It’s a topic both readers and authors are giving real thought to.
Also, three out of this year’s four National Book Award winners are authors of color. Which means authors of color are being recognized more…
Bad: …but not necessarily published more. In an informal survey, bloggers could come up with just 84 middle grade and YA authors of color published this year.
And just plain ugly: The casting of the movie version of The Hunger Games brought out the worst in some fans, who were surprised by the inclusion of black cast members.
So, what are your highs and lows of 2011?