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Do you remember Doret’s profile on W.A.R.?   "Doret has always loved reading. She’s been a bookseller for almost 10 years and still enjoys connecting people with books they will love. When she started blogging at The Happy Nappy Bookseller over a year ago, she noticed that great books featuring people of color were being ignored. She hopes that [...]

Writers Against Racism: Doret’s K-12 Reading List

Do you remember Doret’s profile on W.A.R.?   "Doret has always loved reading. She’s been a bookseller for almost 10 years and still enjoys connecting people with books they will love. When she started blogging at The Happy Nappy Bookseller over a year ago, she noticed that great books featuring people of color were being ignored. She hopes that [...]

Writers Against Racism: Hispanic Heritage Month

Tomorrow begins Hispanic Heritage Month! I have no doubt that teachers and librarians are adorning their bulletin boards, and probably scrambling to find relevant books, so they can "cover" the month appropriately. But what about when October ends? Are the books re-shelved? hmmm… Wouldn’t it be better if Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and all the "other" celebratory months, dropped [...]

Writers Against Racism: The Blogroll

Fear not! The Writers Against Racism series has not ended.  For me, it feels like there are so many knots to untangle, and so much to understand. I guess you can you sense my disappointment that not ONE publisher I reached out to responded. I wonder why?  But first… It was important to first identify the insidiousness, yet [...]

Writers Against Racism: Amy Bodden Bowllan

Amy Bodden Bowllan is the writer of  Bowllan’s Blog, at School Library Journal’s website.  She’s also the author of The Land of Crayons (Wordbeams, 2000), an e-book series that was published online in 2000, yet rejected by EVERY book publisher she sent it to. As a result of the rejections, she thought the publishers may be right; but after reading the W.A.R. series, maybe [...]

Writers Against Racism: George E. Stanley

George E. Stanley is professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and  Linguistics Department of English and Foreign Languages Cameron University.         After my father was killed in 1944, my mother, my sister, and I lived in my grandparents in Memphis, Texas. My first encounter with racism was there in 1946 or 1947, I don’t really remember, [...]

Writers Against Racism: Zetta Elliott

Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to Brooklyn in 1994 to pursue   her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry and essays have been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland.  Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.   I grew [...]

Writers Against Racism: Bobby Rivers

Veteran network TV performer Bobby Rivers has a smart, comical style  that earned him solid reviews from The New York Times, People Magazine, TV Guide and even Tom Hanks.  Rivers also pushed to get the kind of work denied African-Americans when he was a youngster growing up in 1960s South Los Angeles.  On national TV, [...]

Writers Against Racism: Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of My Life as a Rhombus (Flux, 2008)   and the forthcoming Saving Maddie (Delacorte, 2010).    Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.   Like most people of color, I dealt with all the usual examples of racism—slurs, bullying, etc. But as a child [...]

Writers Against Racism: Carla