BVC author, YA and Diversity in the GUARDIAN



Book View Cafe author Sherwood Smith co-wrote with PTSD and trauma therapist Rachel Manija Brown Stranger, book one of The Change series, a diversity-friendly dystopian adventure.

Today, the Guardian focuses on this book, and how it makes a gay character a protagonist. According to the article, fewer than 2% of protagonists in traditional publishing are persons of color, LGBTQ, or disabled.

In the book, diversity is a part of everyday life–but human prejudice is focused on mutant powers. The authors talk about how few books featuring non-white and straight characters are fun and adventurous, rather than focusing on serious issues. Their intention was for these readers to get to read about heroes like themselves.




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