My characters speak to whoever will hear their story. They have a journey with which anyone can choose to relate. So many Black authors don’t see a wider circulation of their work because in some places, the African-American section of a bookstore is just a half shelf or table pushed to the back. And sometimes, people are just too afraid to check out something that they think is only meant for Black people to understand. As if the book is completely written in Ebonics or something.
That’s why I think it’s time to uproot the African-American section from the bookstore. Yes, that means there may be an Wahida Clark urban fiction novel sitting next to your Candace Bushnell urban fiction. Donald Goines may finally sit next to Sue Grafton. But isn’t that where they belong? Segregating our fiction, by anything other than subject matter or genre (which I may be against as well, but that’s a whole ‘nother story), cheats us out of having options in our reading lives.
Books & Cupcakes July Book Photo Challenge
Day Thirteen: Bookshelf
These are my favorite bookshelves! I have more (which I will post when I can manage decent pictures. The lighting on some of them is absolutely terrible and they’re in awkward spots). But these are The Book Ferret’s Shelves! Yay!
- My Nightstand. I like the covers to match the colors in my room. :)
- My half of our little office! That chair is where I do A LOT of reading and that is my desk where I do lots of writing.
- This bookshelf was given to me by my best friend and I love it so much. It is front and center when you come in my house and it houses most of my favorite books. (And a spot for our keys which is also my TBR pile.)
Inside a Victorian house sandwiched between two greek fraternity houses is one of the best bookstores in Philadelphia. Remarkably well curated, A House of Our Own is stuffed with volumes of excellent quality and content at very reasonable prices.
Spread over two full floors, the bookstore has some new volumes, but features a stunning selection of used books on a wide range of topics. On a recent visit I walked away with a four volume set of books for which I’d been searching more than a year. Bookstores from D.C. to Baltimore, Boston to New York (and even Baldwin’s Book Barn) had let me down, but A House of Our Own came through with a pristine set at a great price.
I highly recommend several hours at this fantastic bookstore. A House of Our Own is located at 3902 Spruce Street, on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.