There are so many reasons—her biting wit, her love of hobbits—but we most especially appreciate her commitment to being an ally. Do make sure you read her latest post on the marketing of African American authors in bookstores:
Publishing is a bunch of white people. (That’s not negotiable, Author-friends. We bombed interviews at every one of those publishers, remember? And you KNOW when you are in the most diverse city IN THE F[***]ING WORLD, and you walk into an office that is the entire floor of a building, and every single person in that office is white except the receptionist, there is a PROBLEM.) Bookselling less so, and things are changing (at an admittedly glacial pace), but basically the people making the decisions about what gets published, and where it goes on the shelf, are going to be almost exclusively, if not exclusively, people who are not people of color. We do repeat this a lot? It’s true? But people are still…ARGUING about it so apparently we have to. NEWS FLASH: THE PUBLISHING, IT IS NOT DIVERSE. And unsurprisingly, when a very undiverse group of people is making decisions for everybody, things tend to go horribly awry.