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Diversity in CanLit

Canadians have written a wide range of diverse books — here are a few to add to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. "We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to ... recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities." However, as Léonicka of #DiverseCanLit explains, a lot of the problem is that there is no cross-over in the genres. An immigrant story is marketed as *just* an immigrant story; a sci-fi Aboriginal narrative is marketed as *just* Aboriginal, not sci-fi; or their experiences are used as tropes and clichés. This is part of the problem—that diverse characters and backgrounds aren't reflected in all genres or story types.

by Monica Miller · Tagged diversity, minorities, DIV-0318, diversity and inclusion

Maggie's Chopsticks

by (author) Alan Woo
illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

Something Fierce

Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

by (author) Carmen Aguirre

Six Metres of Pavement

by (author) Farzana Doctor

A Really Good Brown Girl

Brick Books Classics 4

by (author) Marilyn Dumont
introduction by Lee Maracle

The Headmaster's Wager

by (author) Vincent Lam

Changing Lives

Women and the Northern Ontario Experience

edited by Margaret Kechnie & Marge Reitsma-Street

Three Souls

by (author) Janie Chang

Kicking the Sky

by (author) Anthony De Sa

Indian Horse

by (author) Richard Wagamese

(you) Set Me On Fire

by (author) Mariko Tamaki

Bone and Bread

by (author) Saleema Nawaz

The Amazing Absorbing Boy

by (author) Rabindranath Maharaj

Gender Failure

by (author) Ivan Coyote & Rae Spoon

So Long Been Dreaming

Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy

edited by Nalo Hopkinson & Uppinder Mehan

The Return

by (author) Dany Laferrière
translated by David Homel

Morning on the Lake

by (author) Jan Bourdeau Waboose
illustrated by Karen Reczuch


by (author) Nicola Campbell
illustrated by Kim LaFave

Shin-chi's Canoe

by (author) Nicola Campbell
illustrated by Kim LaFave

As Long as the Rivers Flow

by (author) Larry Loyie & Constance Brissenden
illustrated by Heather D. Holmlund

Lesser Blessed

by (author) Richard Van Camp

Little You

by (author) Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett


Conversations about Indigenous Manhood

edited by Sam McKegney
interviewee Joseph Boyden, Tomson Highway, Lee Maracle, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Basil H. Johnston, Daniel David Moses, Louise Bernice Halfe, Taiaiake Alfred, Janice C. Hill, Kim Anderson, Thomas Kimeksun Thrasher, Brendan Hokowhitu, Ty P. Kawika Tengan, Warren Cariou, Alison Calder, Daniel Heath Justice, Adrian Stimson, Terrance Houle, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Richard Van Camp, Joanne Arnott, Neal McLeod & Gregory Scofield
cover design or artwork by Dana Claxton

Pakwa Che Menisu

by (author) Julie Flett
translated by Jennifer Thomas

Wild Berries

by (author) Julie Flett
translated by Earl N. Cook

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