Round-Up: #1000BlackGirlBooks, Lack of Diversity in Publishing, and Playwright Wins Victorian Prize for Literature

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From a kid challenging a lack of diverse representation in literature to a historical Victorian Prize for Literature winner, catch up on what’s going on in literary news:

  • Eleven-year-old Marley Dias started #1000BlackGirlBooks, a book drive with a goal to collect one thousand books that feature black female protagonists by February 1. Dias said she was “sick of reading books about white boys and dogs” and wanted to read more books that she could relate to. She plans to donate the books to schools and libraries in St. Mary, Jamaica.
  • Lee & Low Books released the results of a Diversity Baseline Survey last week. The survey revealed a significant lack of diversity within the publishing industry. These results indicated that the majority of people employed in publishing are white women.