The New York Times ran the above linked article in December 2020. It discusses research done on books published by the larger publishing companies between 1950 and 2018. Only 5% of the books published during that period were by non-white authors.
When I started writing this blog, I started thinking about female vs male authors, and I usually tag the books written by women. I had been starting to think about the books that are considered classics and how many of them were written by men. I wasn’t purposely reading female authors, I was just tagging them for my own knowledge. I did find that I read more books written by women than I thought.
After reading this article, I think I may start tagging my books as “author of color,” just for my own knowledge. I don’t know how many books I read by authors who were not white, but I know that I read a few by Nigerian authors. This article will get me thinking. I hope it does the same for others.