For the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), I wrote about racial discrimination in publishing and “the most important data you’ve never heard of”: comp titles.
Please, don’t take my word for it. These data are provocative, but “these numbers shouldn’t surprise us. Writers of color have long spoken and written about their experiences of discrimination in the publishing industry, but we — and here, I indict my fellow white readers and writers — haven’t listened. Or we’ve dismissed their stories as “just one person’s experience.” These data show how those experiences fit within a larger system.”
Thanks for reading!