Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks started Diversity Spotlight Thursday a while back and I’m only just now getting around to participating. The point of the series is to draw attention to great diverse books that may not be getting that much love or attention by talking about a diverse book you’ve read, one you’re planning to and a not-yet-released book you’re excited for.
A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
I read Do Not Say We Have Nothing for Can Lit Bingo Last year and fell in love with Madeleine Thien’s writing. I know that I books make me cry easily, but this book is something else. It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching family saga set in Canada during the 80s and present day and in China during the Cultural Revolution. This book deserves all the praise, awards and hype its gotten and its definitely one to reread with time.
A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King
This book has been on my list for a while. Thomas King is a really big literary voice in Canada and is considered one of the most prominant Indigenous authors, but I have no idea how that translates into popularity or sales outside of Canada. I read Green Grass, Running Water by him last year and loved it. It’s easy to see why it’s a contemporary Canadian classic. I’ve heard good things about The Back of the Turtle as it’s won a bunch of awards and plan to read it this year for r/fantasy bingo 2017. It’s a blend of science, environmental activism, Indigenous soveringty, land claims, and mythology, telling the story of a scientist grappling with the consequences of his actions to the land and his home.
A diverse book that has not yet been released
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Ninefox Gambit had me in tears when I read it last year. I’m pretty sure I almost screamed in frustration when I finished it at the prospect of waiting a whole year for more. This series is a fantastic military space opera set in a pan-Asian galactic empire, featuring queer characters, cool technology, state control via calendars, dry humour and more.