By now Amazon’s Kindle Direct bookshelf actually lists my latest e-book as “live”, but it still doesn’t exist in the store. Apparently, Amazon is tinkering with the publishing platform, because a lot of people are reporting problems. For a while, my bookshelf vanished altogether.
So the new book announcement is postponed for yet another day. But in the meantime, Elizabeth Bear has a great post about exclusion, exceptionalism and how the majority culture others writers (and anybody really) who deviates in one or more points from the norm of the straight, white, cisgendered man.
Kind of stunning how many people don’t know that Alexandre Dumas pere was also black, but then it’s not exactly a much publicized fact. I didn’t know for many years either, even though I had actually seen a photo of him, because my Mom had a book named Famous Heads of World History, which I loved to look at as a young girl. But then, Alexandre Dumas pere was considered mainly a hack when I was a teen, while his son was considered the really important writer. I had a memorable argument with my 10th grade German teacher that “All for one and one for all” was not a fascist slogan, because it was from the Three Musketeers. I wish I’d know Dumas was black back then, because that would have deflated the teacher’s argument real quickly.
This reminds of the “American short fiction” class I took in my second semester at university. We had to buy two anthologies for that class, Great American Short Stories, which contained a lot of white men and one token white woman (Katherine Anne Porter, who is not the first choice that would come to mind), and Great African American Short Stories, which included a lot of black men and a token black woman (Alice Walker). Even as a nineteen-year-old, ghettoizing the black writers in a separate anthology seriously rubbed me the wrong way. Nowadays, I applaud the professor for at least making an effort to include writers that were not white men, though the class could have included more women. And the anthologies were probably the best he had to work with at the time.