I recently bought a postcard collection of 100 writers. I pulled out every card, looking for women writers and writers of color.
The black and white photographs were a treat for the eyes, but I was sorely disappointed with the lack of diversity in the collection. There were only three African American writers in the box–James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and Malcolm X. There were a number of Euro-American women writers and a few Japanese writers–all men. There were no African American women. There was only one Chinese woman–Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang).
Although less than excited about the purchase, I was pleased to find this stunning portrait of Zhang/Chang. Although I’d heard of her, I’d never read any of her works. After reading a brief biography, my interest was piqued and she was added to my late spring/summer reading list.
I can’t wait to get started! What’s on your reading list?