University professor and author Roxane Gay found that nearly 90% of the New York Times book reviews published in 2011 were of books by white authors. Gay researched the racial background of every author critiqued by the NYT last year, and her study yielded stark results: 31 black authors against 655 white ones. Gay said, "The numbers reflect the overall trend in publishing where the majority of books published are written by white writers."
The New York Times Book Review for 2015 has chosen Lillian Faderman's ""The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle," published by Simon & Schuster, as one of it's 100 most notable books of 2015.
Big changes at the New York Times book review.
Why are 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review from white authors? What's going on behind the scenes to create such an unrepresentative body of reviews for an increasingly diverse nation of consumers?
Genres included in this list of the best books of 2014 include fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The selected books were chosen by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.I have a for this week’s New York Times Book Review ! It’s in response to a review on an ambitious new book called “The Information.” Author James Gleick retells the history of information, its evolution, where it’s going, the anxiety around the word, and what it means in the age of technology.I’ve always assumed that the “Notable Books” issue exists for three purposes. (Full disclosure: I occasionally review for the New York Times Book Review and wrote a column for it in the early 2000s, but have no insider knowledge of the top-secret internal negotiations involved in making either of its two lists.) The most obvious purpose is to serve as a reminder for holiday shoppers, few of whom are likely to recall a review of a book that sounded like something their sister might like when that review initially appeared in April. The second is as a boon to publishers, who support the review with their advertising and appreciate being able to slap a badge reading “New York Times Notable Book of 2014″ on the cover of the paperback edition. It looks and sounds impressive, whether or not anyone but authors and publishers actually trouble themselves to sit down and read the whole list.
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