Hillcroft LRC

Books that buck the stereotypes

Posted on: April 17, 2015

"Diversity Mask" by Spiva Art Workers is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Diversity Mask” by Spiva Art Workers is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Some eye-opening statistics came out in the Writing the Future report saying that publishing companies are not at all diverse when it comes to the books they publish. Not only are there fewer books published by people from Black, Minority and Ethnic communities, but writers are being told to stick to the stereotypes. This means authors are encouraged to write characters of non-white ethnicity that are supposedly more marketable to white people.

In the LRC we have resources that reflect a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Through their writing, authors (no matter their race) shed informative, inspiring and surprising light on aspects of the world and people’s lives.

Some non-fiction that are illuminating and non-stereotypical that you might like to try:

Laughing all the way to the mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

Changing my mind by Zadie Smith

We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

On Fridays we also receive the print issue of The Voice newspaper focusing on British-African news. You can find this on the rack near the issue desk. If you have any suggestions about a non-stereotypical story or resource that others might benefit from reading please let us know in the comment box below.

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1 Response to "Books that buck the stereotypes"

[…] that focus on people and cultures who haven’t received adequate visibility in our mainly White-centred literary and academic world. At Hillcroft we acquire resources that are reflective of students’ […]

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