I’m white. Most of you reading this are white. How many of you read books by black writers? If the thought is a new one, but you’re intrigued, visit White Readers Meet Black Writers (via Follow The Reader–thanks, Charlotte).

I’ve never really paid much attention to the colour of the writer of the books I read–which means, of course, that I don’t read much fiction by people of colour. Like ‘lesbian novels’, fiction by POC is usually stuck in its own tiny section at the back of the bus store. Unless it’s a huge hit (Tipping the Velvet, Middle Passage), no one from Straight White World sees it.

So what good books–let’s stick to fiction for now, any genre–by writers of colour would you (and I mean all of you, of every colour, sexuality, sex and gender) like to recommend to other readers of this blog? I can definitely recommend The Known World, by Edward P. Jones, the story of blacks owning blacks in the antebellum south. Ash by Malinda Lo (coming in September), a retelling of Cinderella. Just about everything by Octavia Butler.

How about you?