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Friday
May022014

A big THANK YOU to BookCon

There's been quite a viral uproar about BookCon. What's is BookCon? It's the big, grand, open-to-the-public day of Book Expo America, which is the largest book event in the country. And what did BookCon organizers do? Well, they created a line-up of literary luminaries consisting of 29 white people and a cat. (I'm not making this up).

So, naturally, everyone but Donald Sterling is quite upset.

(Heck, James Patterson is on a panel talking about children's books that he didn't even write. That's like the white CEO of P.F. Chang's being invited to compete on Iron Chef, but, hey, that's just piling on at this point).

But, in a weird way, I think we owe the folks at BookCon a big THANK YOU for pointing out that we are not in any way living in a post-racial world. And for giving the other 50% of Americans a rallying cry.

And if they ever want to include an Asian American author who wrote a book which spent two years on the NYT bestseller list, I might happen to know one.

***UPDATE 5/3/14***

BookCon has added Rachel Renee Russell--an African American author. At first they said she could be a moderator, but after realizing she'd sold more books than two of their panelists they agreed to let her actively participate. Kudos to Renee for her persistence (and insistence) and shame on BookCon for their tokenism. 

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Reader Comments (5)

Awesome, Jamie!! Just.Awesome.
May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Sally
Go, Jamie! So are you pitching for Lisa See or Margaret Dilloway? :-) Cheers!
May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Toy Engstrom
I'm pitching ANYONE :)

Except me. I think I've ensured that BookCon will never invite me...
May 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterJamie
Hi Jamie, thanks for posting this and your humorous poke at this issue (love that photo)!

I shared it on my blog and so wanted to just drop in and say thanks!

http://bookscribblesbyjen.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/diversify-your-shelf-what-are-you-reading/
May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Just loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Started reading and could not put it down. I was 12 years old (about the same as Keiko) when I went to Tule Lake Assembly Center. Also, after 48 years I was reunited with my Chinese airman and have been together for 15 years now. So I really related to this novel.

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