“Diversity and Nonfiction: What does â€œdiversityâ€ in books mean to you? Does it refer to bookâ€™s location or subject matter? Or is it the authorâ€™s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction? What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for?”
I’ve never thought much about diversity in my nonfiction reading.Â I do in my fiction reading.Â I track settings of books and aim to read books set all over the world each year.Â (See my map for 2014 on the sidebar.)
I looked at the diversity of the nonfiction books I’ve read this year.
The authors are exactly 50% female and 50% male.
However when you look at race there is a definite imbalance.Â Twenty of the books were written by white authors, one was written by an African woman, two were written by Pakistani women, and one was written by a Jewish woman.
What about diversity of subjects?Â Roughly the books break down into three broad categories:Â Ten biographies/memoirs, eleven historical books, and three essays/current events.
Settings?Â Fourteen in the U.S., six in Europe, one in Africa, two in the Middle East, and one in the Pacific Islands.
I choose my nonfiction read based entirely on subject and not the author but I think I need to find some more nonfiction authors of color.Â Suggestions?
Linking up to Nonfiction November