Patrik Henry Bass, Essence magazine's book editor, sees this predicament: "Looking among the catalogs, publishers are not giving the readers what they want, which are books that are empowering, reflective, educational. Books are supposed to supply information, not just escapism." He continued: "The books they are publishing wouldn't resonate over a long period."
Citing Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange and others, all still in print, he said, "I don't see that level of quality, only quantity."
It's always been, and for the foreseeable future, will remain a question of dollars. The publishing industry still thinks Black readers are a fad. They are all waiting for the glorious day when "the Latina Terry McMillan" arrives then they'll jettison Black imprints and backlists.
Posted by ronn at January 16, 2003 11:26 AM
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