Trying to instill diversity into the UK publishing industry is like “working on a car while it is still running,“ says Bobby Nayyar. The answer, he asserts, can only be entrepreneurship.
Bobby Nayyar offers a statistical analysis of diversity — or lack thereof — in the catalogs of major UK publishing houses, as well as initiatives to improve.
Manuel Gil challenges assertions that Spain’s book industry is diverse and competitive, calling them science fiction.
The Scholastic Reading Club and We Need Diverse Books are promoting a list of 75 titles for middle-grade readers featuring diverse characters and plots.
Gregory Pardlo and a trio of other acclaimed poets discuss their precarious working relationship with the publishing establishment.
Bobby Nayyar, publisher of the UK’s Limehouse Books, offers three strategies for open and fair hiring, as well as improving diversity in publishing.
The book industry remains largely white and middle class, while efforts are being made to boost socio-economic and ethnic diversity in publishing.
UK author Marjorie Blackman laments the lack of diversity in children’s books, noting that ‘books allow you to see the world through the eyes of others.’
Author Matt de la Peña asked, ‘Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?’ in an opening a debate about the lack of diversity in YA fiction.
UK publishing is a global business selling to a diverse, global audience — one that is not reflected by those who work in the industry.