Saturday, September 14, 2013

Diversity in Publishing: A Literary Conversation Worth Having

Literary Conversations Worth Having
(click link for entire article:  Broader, Better Literary Conversations, Roxanne Gay, Sep. 2013)
"This wasn't a highly scientific work - with the help of two graduate assistants, Gretchen Schaible and Doug Urbacnski, we simply found all the 2013 reviews we could for several publications and looked at the race/ ethnicity of the writers whose books were covered. The approach, however inelegant, does begin to tell a familiar story. Below is a rough look at what I found; it was too dispiriting to spend time on pie charts stating the obvious."

(I've just adapated her chart to fit here, with the hope of readers seeing the value of the article and reading for themselves. Join in the conversation.)



Selection of Reviews
African 
Vs
Caucasian
Others

Bookforum
126
4
vs
115
3
4



Los Angeles Review of Books
483
13
vs
420
24
26



NPR
186
2
vs 165
9
10



New York Review of Books
420
5
vs 376
23
16





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