This week I'm talking to Doret whose blog is TheHappyNappyBookseller, which is one of the best blog names. Doret is someone I count as one of my godmothers. She was one of the first supporters of Reading in Color and she is THE person to go to when you are looking for upcoming releases of YA/MG books that feature POC. She is a great resource and a wonderful cheerleader :) She's also working on the publishing project with Laura and I.
1) Explain about your blog
I had a hard time finding blogs that talked about books featuring characters of color, so I decided to start my own. My blog stands out because of my focus on books with kids of color. Though I will happily say how much I loved a book that features all White characters- good is good. I wanted my blogger name to be catchy and say that girls got melanin.
2) What 2010 debut book are you most looking forward? Non-debut?
There are two 2010 debuts I am looking forward to;
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. I am also looking forward to Finding My Place by Traci L. Jones
RiC note: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors is amazing! I really want to read Finding My Place.
One non debut I am looking forward to is Better Than I Know Myself by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. Someone I work with loves their books, so I am excited to finally be reading one.
3) What are your top 5 favorite POC books?
Only 5? That's hard. I will keep it strictly YA to make it a little easier
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Upstate: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
4) Talk about yourself =)
I am from NY, I currently live in Atlanta. I am pretty quiet person. I enjoy watching sports, I don't play any. I have been known to randomly stop and admire a tree or two.
RiC: To learn more about Doret and her love of sports and literature read this interview she did with Justine Larbalestier!
5) If you could have dinner with any two POC characters who would it be and why?
My favorite novel is Mama Day by Gloria Naylor. I would love to have dinner with the sisters Miranda (Mama Day) and Abigail. They can trace their family tree all the way back to 1799, I would like to hear a few of those stories. Plus both sisters can throw down in the kitchen.
Finally any advice to those who want to start reading POC? And to those who are starting a blog?
Anyone who doesn't normally read books with poc, I would suggest getting a personalized recommendations. You'll have a better chance so starting with a book you will enjoy. Also if a friend or blogger, who reads poc novels has similar taste in books try reading one of their favorite books with poc.
To anyone starting a blog: It may take a while to find your blogger voice and style but you'll find it. Make yourself known by commenting at other blogs. Take full advantage of your local library. Have fun with it!
Wonderful advice from a wonderful blogger! I expect everyone to go become a follower of theHappyNappyBookseller now.
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