Booksellers of color lift up diverse voices

Three book covers in a collage illustration
Book covers of (from left) “Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa” by Rachelle Chase, “Plot” by Claudia Rankine and “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson.
Images courtesy of publishers

What if you walked into a bookstore and saw table after table piled with books written by Black authors? Or entire shelves of contemporary Mexican-American or Native poets? 

We don’t often think about the role booksellers play in lifting up the abundance and diversity of writers of color. 

Friday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller talked to three women proprietors about opening their bookstores and how they are pushing fiction and poetry to help us understand the challenges of our moment. 

Guests:

Here are are some of their recommendations: 

  • “Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa” by Rachelle Chase 

  • “Potted Meat” by Steven Dunn

  • “Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America” by John Lewis 

  • “Movement in Black” by Pat Parker 

  • “Plot” by Claudia Rankine 

  • “From Our Land to Our Land” by Luis J. Rodriguez

  • The Logan Family Saga, a series by Mildred Taylor 

  • “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward

  • “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wikerson 

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