Monday, September 1, 2014

Diverse Words: August 2014

Diversity is a major topic of discussion in publishing, and so Diverse Words is a monthly link round-up that will highlight some conversations going on in publishing and beyond.

This segment is continually a work in process, so suggestions are always welcome!

Diversity in Writing

Corinne Duyvis writes about her diagnosis of autism and how it led to her published novel.

At BuzzFeed, Heben Nigatu has an amusing take on what it would be like if white characters were described like people of color.

Diversity in Books

Malinda Lo suggests how to incorporate diversity in book event and conference programming.

Fundraising for an anthology on autism and race.

Désirée Zamorano talks about the kind of Latina characters that are ignored.

Lori Lee wants more elves of color.

Bev Rivero and Jennifer Baker started up a podcast and tumblr called Minorities in Publishing discussing diversity (or lack thereof) in the publishing industry.
(via @yahighway)

Kaya Thomas created an app called We Read Too, featuring YA and children’s books by writers of color and featuring characters of color.
(via @yahighway)

NPR highlights the need to talk about diversity in publishing.

Malorie Blackman, British children’s laureate, receives racist backlash when calling for more diverse children’s literature.

Léonicka Valcius talks about why proportional representation has no place in diversity discussions.

At Books By Women, K.A. Laity discusses the censure female writers face.

Diversity Outside Story

The events in Ferguson, Missouri were a large part of the news. Here is a round-up of links.

And more Ferguson recommended reading.

Nick Wing highlights the ways media treats black victims like white criminals.

Selene Luna has a guide to not being a dick to little people.

Sara Nović is deaf and totally cool with it, thanks.

Circle of Life Theater is putting on a production of Wait Until Dark, and have cast blind actresses to play the blind main character.
(via @marthawells1)

NPR’s Michel Martin discusses how the conversation about women in the workforce often ignores WOC.

A black man was tasered and arrested waiting for his kids to be let out of school.

Marie Claire highlights some young Native American women fighting to preserve their cultures.
(via @leeandlow)

Justin Chan reports on the dearth of Asian Americans in Hollywood.

A 22-year-old man with Downs Syndrome was beaten by police due to the bulge of his colostomy bag.

Elizabeth Dawes Gay reports on how racial discrimination undermines black women’s health.
(via @jljacobson)

Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal.

27 artists help celebrate the first Asian American superhero.

Don’t Look Down On Me Documentary uses a hidden camera to give a glimpse at the videographer's life as a little person.


  1. Great round up! (I now have like, a dozen tabs up so I can read them.) :D

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for including an article about being Deaf! So many people don't understand that it's a culture not just a disability (many don't even feel it's that), having its own language, jokes, and cultural tokens. So tired of hearing people's ignorance.