#Diverseathon the TBR

The #Diverseathon is a read-a-thon that runs from Jan 22-29 (Sunday to Sunday). It’s basic focus is to read “Diverse” books. That is, to read books whose authors or characters belong to a marginalized or disenfranchised group. Of course many books may be written by or include characters that belong into these groups, but this particular read-a-thon tries to focus on titles belonging to #ownvoices (titles about characters by someone who identifies as that marginalized group).

I do think that it’s important to read diversely: If only to give you compassion in your interactions with other people, and to give you a broader world view. These are things I’m always interested in developing in myself (And I hope you are too).

Obviously, I have decided to participate. And, as this read-a-thon is about stretching your perspectives and reading tastes… I don’t think manga will qualify for me.  I mean, I read ALL the manga without bias of creators or content… well, some bias, but certainly not regarding “Diversity”… I hope.

This read-a-thon also works really well with one of my 2017 reading goals. And that is to read titles by Indigenous authors from Canada. Or, authors of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit descent from Canadian lands.

The Canadian government has made it a priority to recognize the atrocities that were exacted on the Indigenous population of Canada through the recent passing of the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Act’. This is an important step for Canada that I hope a lot of Canadians will also want to be involved. And, is the reason why I’ve made reading Indigenous authors part of my resolutions for this year.

I’ve placed holds/requests on all of these books at my local library, so hopefully they will arrive before the read-a-thon next week. As far as I can tell, these are all #ownvoices graphic novels from Indigenous Peoples in Canada. I won’t be joining with the “group-read”.

My current TBR looks like this:

  • Red : A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
  • Ak Skim Aan : Hunter and Niisoo (not depicted above) by Marshall Leigh George
  • A Blanket of Butterflies by Richard van Camp
  • Moonshot : the Indigenous Comics Collection, volume 1 edited by Hope Nicholson
  • Outside Circle : the Graphic Novel by Patti Laboucane-Benson
  • Sugarfalls : a Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson

If you’re also interested in participating, find out more information:

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