Adult Virtual Reading Club

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Every month we will explore a new theme, our suggested reads and related articles and topics.

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May 2022: More Diverse Books


“The erasure of diversity in media, it affects children. You want to see yourself on TV, advertising, books, everywhere. You should be able to have adventures and save the world just like everybody else.” – Cindy Pon 

 

“When kids grow up not seeing themselves in books, they grow up feeling like they don’t matter” – Eric Smith 

 

“It’s important to have diverse books. Because there is someone out there who feels like they’re not being represented. Everyone should be able to say that they’re a hero in their story.” – Zoraida Cordova 

 

“I think it’s important for people to see themselves in books, and I think it’s important to see other people in books.” – Danielle Paige 

 

“We live in a diverse world. We have a diverse pool of readers who are growing up right now and looking for books that reflect them and their own experiences.” – Cassandra Clare 

 

“If we don’t have diverse stories and characters, we’re doing young people a tremendous disservice.” – Linda Sue Park 

 

“It’s exciting to be alive and writing at a time when our voices are finally breaking through. The multiplicity of who we are is finally being represented on the page.” – Daniel Jose Older 

https://www.writersdigest.com/publishing-insights/quotes-on-diverse-books-representation-writing 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/ya-authors-on-diverse-representation-in-publishi 


 

Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to mediation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm which is why it is important for people to see themselves in books so they have something to comfort and relax them. Reading books that represent different abilities, cultures, beliefs, and skin colours helps us change our attitude toward those differences. Offering a diverse title for a community to read allows the reader to both step into the shoes of the protagonist and have a buffer from their reality. What makes a book diverse? Books that contain characters of colour as well as main characters that represent a minority point of view. Books that are written by an author of diversity or colour from their perspective.

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.

When readers cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part. Diverse books are a way for readers from all cultures that make up a society can find their mirrors.

Diverse books help us to understand each other better by helping to change our attitudes towards difference. When there are diverse books available that can act as both mirrors and windows for all of ages, then those ages can celebrate both their differences and their similarities, and make us all human.

Source: scenicregional.org

Source: diversebooks.org

If you could write your own story, how would you want to see yourself reflected in it? 

Ready for some reads inspired by diverse authors? Dive in with these 10 book recommendations. 


On The Edge Of Gone – Corinne Duyvis

On The Edge of Gone

The comet is scheduled to hit earth on January 29, 2035, and Denise and her family are racing to secure passage on ships that will transport them off the planet, but Denise is worried they won't take her drug-addicted mother, or her autistic self, because the two won't be seen as "useful." Duyvis, autistic herself, writes Denise as an exceptionally nuanced, fleshed-out character.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

 A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years - from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding - that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives - the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness - are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

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Indian In The Cabinet – Jody Wilson - Raybould

Indian In The Cabinet

"Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting around the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the very public SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward. Now sitting as an Independent Member in Parliament, Wilson-Raybould believes there is a better way to govern and a better way for politics--one that will make a better country for all.

Reserve your copy here

Disability Visibility First-Person Stories From The 21st Century – Alice Wong

Disability Visibility

collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience: Disability Visibility brings together the voices of activists, authors, lawyers, politicians, artists, and everyday people whose daily lives are, in the words of playwright Neil Marcus, "an art . . . an ingenious way to live."

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Between The World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between The World And Me

Coates frames this series of essays as a letter to his son, exploring what it means to be black in America, and how issues involving race have shaped and continue to shape the country in which he lives. This is a profound, moving, timely book.

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The Library Of Legends – Janie Chang

The Library of Legends

19-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates are ordered to flee as Japanese bombs start to land on Nanking. It's not just refugees who are in danger — Lian has been entrusted with a 500-year-old collection of myths and legends known as "The Library of Legends." It's now up to Lian and her classmates to protect the collection at any cost.

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Last Night At The Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo

Last Night At The Telegraph Club

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father--despite his hard-won citizenship--Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

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When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

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The Skin We're In – Desmond Cole

The Skin We're In

Journalist and activist Desmond Cole looks at what it's like to live in Canada as a Black person. In The Skin We're In looks at one year, 2017, and chronicles Coles's personal journalism, activism and experiences alongside stories that made the headlines across the country, including refugees crossing the Canada-U.S. border in the middle of winter and the death of Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi at the hands of the Ottawa police.

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Five Little Indians – Michelle Good

Five Little Indians

Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie were taken from their families and sent to a residential school when they were very small. Barely out of childhood, they are released and left to contend with the seedy world of eastside Vancouver. Fuelled by the trauma of their childhood, the five friends cross paths over the decades and struggle with the weight of their shared past.  

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Further Resources

Looking for more book lists and more diverse books based resources? Take a look at these below by clicking on the selected links.

  • Representation Matters: Diversity in Children's Literature - Ted Talk

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  • The Windows and Mirrors Of Your Child's Bookshelf - Ted Talk
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  • Why We Need Diverse Books
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