Last year’s resolution was to make more of effort to buy books/music etc new by women artists rather than second hand, or borrowing from the library, as my own small recognition of the fact that women artists often earn less money than men.* This year I shall try to buy more by artists of colour, particularly women.
*I have continued to borrow rather than buy the new JK Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, on the grounds that other writers need my money more than she does.
It has been a big year for novelists of colour, with both renowned names and up and coming writers releasing long awaited and highly anticipated books. 2014 was predicted to be a banner year for African literature and as expected books and writers coming out of the continent did not disappoint. Meanwhile the South-East Asian literary scene continues to flourish as writers from the region and in the diaspora release literary masterpieces which look at the intricacies of relationships and identity in the context of culture and religion. There are an increasing number of books by novelists from these countries that tackle the evils of terrorism, poverty, corruption, crime and war.
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