Our September event looked at ways to improve diversity in the publishing industry. In November, we shifted our scope to the content itself, examining obstacles to publishing more diverse content, strategies for elevating unheard voices, and reaching readers and buyers underserved by mainstream publishing lists. Our panelists were Duchess Harris, author and professor of American studies at Macalester College; Tasha Nins, Ramsey County librarian, and Kathleen T. Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. The panel discussed the topics on which more books are needed (and topics that are oversaturated), the ways that those books get into readers’ hands, and trends in diversity of content and authorship over time.
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