Monday, December 17, 2007

Expand Your Horizons Challenge

Melissa over at Booknut has decided to read outside the lines, and she invites us to join her:
The Expanding Horizons Challenge will run January through April of 2008. The purpose of this challenge is to read works by authors of ethnicities other than your own. I have decided to omit works by Caucasian authors (since they're the biggest group in the English-language book world; I want to explore books by authors in less-well-represented ethnicities). I have debated about whether or not to focus entirely on authors or to include main character's ethnicity, too, and I've decided that for this challenge I want the focus to be on the nationality of the author, rather than the characters. The books can be fiction or nonfiction; adult or YA; and can cross over to as many other challenges as you want.

There are two ways to approach this challenge. Either read four books by authors in one of the six categories (you can read more than one category, but you must read four books; not two books in one category and two in another) OR read six books, one from each of the six categories. The categories are:
  1. African/African-American.
  2. Asian/Asian-American (This is not just East Asian -- Chinese, Korean and Japanese -- but also Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and the Central Asian -Stans.)
  3. Hispanic/Latin American
  4. Indian/Indian-American (Again, books by Indian authors; not books by white authors set in India.)
  5. Middle Eastern (Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Turkey...)
  6. Native Peoples (Can include Native American, Inuit, Polynesian --Maori, Samoan, etc -- Siberian natives and Australian Aborigines.)

3 comments:

Pooja said...

Any thoughts about the "Challenge"?

Mitali Perkins said...

If I were running it, I don't think I'd limit the books to the ethnicity author for the same reasons I feel uncomfortable about doing that when it comes to book awards. What do you think?

By the way, could you send me info about Girls Write Now that I could post on my blog? I misplaced the snail mail letter you sent and I'd love to support it, both financially and in cyberspace.

MotherReader said...

I'm with you, Mitali. I don't like limiting the books to the ethnicity of the author either. But I'm on for the challenge of reading books in those different categories, but I'm not promising anything about the author's ethnicity.