The D-List: June 11, 2015

The D-List

Gabourey Sidibe of “Empire,” “Precious” penning a memoir

The Oscar-nominated actress best known for the film “Precious” and hit TV series “Empire” is working on a (currently untitled) book scheduled to come out in 2017, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Wednesday. ‘I’ve been writing since I was a child and have always had so many stories to tell that are too long, shady, and impolite to share in interviews,’ Sidibe, 32, said in a statement. Read more here.

WNDB Launches Summer Reading Series

‘The Summer Reading Series is a group effort, and it reflects the collective knowledge of the WNDB team, as well as input from the Smithsonian BookDragon,’ says Allie Jane Bruce, a WNDB Librarian. “It contains books for all ages, books in all formats, oldies-but-goodies and brand-new titles. And most importantly, it is a list that reflects the reality of our world, and contains books that allow all kids to see themselves in literature.’ Read more here.

Why We’re Asking Publishers to Join Our Diversity Baseline Survey

In the past, publishers have usually put the responsibility on readers for the lack of diverse representation in books. The extremely dated adage that ‘diverse books do not sell’ has become a belief that has reached mythical proportions. While it’s important for readers to support diverse books with their dollars and voices, it’s equally important for publishers to self-reflect on how they can do better on their end. We must acknowledge that one factor contributing to the lack of diverse books is the lack of diversity among the people who edit, market, review, and sell the books. Read more here.

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