Last week’s RWA National conference is over and I made it home with twelve books to add to my To-Be-Read pile, some fun memories, pages and pages of notes from the various workshops I attended, and a lot of things to think about. There will undoubtedly be much cogitating here at the Writing Castle in the weeks to come.
Today, however, I want to start off with a few facts:
- In its 37-year history (1982-2018) no black author won an RWA RITA award.
- According to the RWA’s own research, black authors have written less than half of 1 percent of the total number of books considered as RITA finalists.
- A Pew Research survey from 2014 found that the person most likely to read a book of any genre is a college-educated black woman.
Do you see the problem?
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