ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Book review publications are an integral component of how readers make book choices. Book reviews often drive how books are chosen within public libraries, school and university libraries, in addition to bookstores and mainstream media. Popular literature review journals that are accessed by librarians include Booklist, Bookmarks, and Kirkus Reviews, as well as others. Currently, there are no book review publications solely dedicated to diverse authorship. The editors of the forthcoming 2040 Review will present the issues related to the exclusion of authors of color from book review markets and share solutions on how inclusiveness can bridge the gap.
Specific topics that will be presented are:
• The impact of book reviews (from author to shelf).
• Lack of diverse reviewers within reviewer publications.
• How the lack of access to diverse authorship (via libraries and bookstores) impacts accessibility to diverse authorship. The lack of access marginalizes diverse perspectives, literature, and reading experiences that are a truer reflection of our growing diverse communities.
• Review statistical information on revenue generated by book purchases within the library systems and factor how this relates to the lack of financial benefits and lack of exposure that negatively impacts diverse authorship.
• Explore different ways that books are chosen by public library and public school personnel.
• How accessibility to more diverse reviews can provide more exposure for underrepresented literature.
• Benefits of a diverse reviewership and its connection to diverse communities. Positive impact of equity, diversity, and inclusion within libraries.